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Marilyn Monroe Hardcover – Special Edition, 31 Oct 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Limited edition edition (31 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836511851
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836511858
  • Product Dimensions: 55.9 x 48.3 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,182,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is really two books. It is a biography, and it is also a pictorial retrospective of an actress whose greatest love affair was conceivably with the camera." (Norman Mailer wrote these words in his 1973 biography, Marilyn.)"

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Norman Mailer (1923-2007) was one of the 20th century's greatest and most influential writers, as well as one of America's most renowned and controversial literary figures. The best-selling author of a dozen novels and 20 works of nonfiction, he also wrote stage plays, screenplays, television miniseries, hundreds of essays, two books of poetry, and a collection of short stories. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he lived in Brooklyn, New York, and Provincetown, Massachusetts. Bert Stern (b. 1929) is one of America's greatest portrait photographers, who during the 1960s produced 200 pages annually for Vogue, as well as many of the most important print and television advertising campaigns. He is best known for his revolutionary print ads for Smirnoff and his portrait sitting with Marilyn Monroe just six weeks before her death. Stern lives and works in New York City.


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I don't know why the reviews are so negative, this is one of the nicest produced books I've seen in some time. The paper and photo quality is excellent trough-out and the plastic dustcover a very classy and nice though.
From what I understand this is an abridged version of a 700-1100 usd book with twice the page count, which is no longer for sale. I don't have that one so I bought this instead. For the price you can't go wrong, the photo's are beautiful and so is the lay-out.
Highly recommended ! Thanks Taschen for a well done 'second' printing !!
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First, let me say that both Mailer's text and, particularly, the sublime images of Bert Stern, taken just six weeks before her death, are established classics. However, there is no excuse whatever for these two already published items to be collected together and sold for a king's ransom at a time when the world is nosediving into recession. I was also a fan of Taschen as a publishing house but this is a nasty exploitative compilation of the very sort that so abused Marilyn throughout her life and continues to pursue her in death. Do yourself a favour and find copies of Stern's 'The Last Sitting' and Mailer's 'Marilyn' instead and let the vultures go hungry.
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The Special Edition of this book, at around 1'000$ price, is a collector's item if you want it. As for it being a good or bad project, to extort money from fans and use the Marilyn myth, is up to you.

This "commercial" hardcover edition, come out a few months after the original, is still quite big, has a fancy sturdy transparent pvc dustjacket.
The book itself is (probably) Mailer's whole book (haven't read either yet) and a selection of Bert Stern's famous last shoot with Marilyn.
Considering that Stern's The Complete Last Sitting (the picture book used as basis for this one) features around 2500 pictures of Monroe over 464 pages, and this one has less than half, is a clear indication that only some pictures have been used. Granted, many of the pictures in The Complete Last Sitting were very small and only a selection were given the full-page treatement. Here the pictures are mostly full-page. As usual, the quality of the prints is Taschen's high standard, and maybe that might be the sole reason to purchase these books.

So, do you want to shell out the money for ANOTHER selection of full-page Stern pictures? Up to you.
You can google for several reviews on the net ranging from purely picture appreciation to the nastyness of putting Mailer's candid words next to Marilyn's most revealing pictures.
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By Romando on 23 Dec. 2013
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I won't get into politics here. The photos are simply wow. Engrossing text. Pictures are incredible. Not seedy or provocative as such. She's not standing there with bosoms thrusted out in every page. There's an amazing innocent playfulness about the pics, as though nudity is a totally natural, normal healthy thing. Lovely. Marilyn looks incredible and slim and healthy. Worth the money.
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This is an excellent combination of two fine books and a must for Marilyn fans. Stunning photos in large format.
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As both a fan of Mailer and Monroe, I thought this book would be one of the best combinations I could wish for; instead it parades everything infuriating about Miller - it's very much a book about him as well as the subject. He clearly loved her, and this comes across in the text, but the rambling moments take away from the more factual aspects of the story that you'd like to see. Wonderful pictures, however. And if you're after a different kind of autobiography, then consider this.
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