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Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox Hardcover – 2 Aug 2012

4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408814102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408814109
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 4.6 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here, finally, is a book that does not sensationalise her erratic and exotic life, but reveals her as the damaged, childlike and lost feminist she was ... An excellent book ... A detailed narrative that does not scream with hyperbole, or moan with lust. It is much sadder than that ... It is fascinating ***** (Daily Telegraph)

Banner presents a rich and often imaginative narrative of Marilyn's life. By the end, Monroe feels at once like an earthly being - an almost-friend - and an enigma, still slightly out of focus and just beyond reach. That seems right (New York Times Book Review)

A dazzling portrait of a fragile but remarkably ambitious and determined personality, as spiritual as she was corporeal, as canny as she was careless (Elle)

Banner elegantly and skillfully chronicles Monroe's short life ... [she] paints a portrait of Monroe as a complicated, many-faceted woman (Publishers Weekly)

Exciting to read; Banner's admiration of, and belief in, her subject really animate the text (Susie Boyt Financial Times)

Banner gives us a powerful portrayal of a savvy self-publicist who worked tirelessly to ensure her trajectory from glamour model to screen goddess (Frances Wilson Sunday Telegraph ‘Book of the Week')

Offers a new perspective on her story. Drawing on new material from her diaries and private papers, it's a revelatory and intelligent tribute (Good Housekeeping)

Offering a new interpretation of the star's life which draws on feminism and the history of gender ... Banner's book provides the most detailed account yet of Marilyn's fractured childhood (Joan Smith Independent ‘Book of the Week’)

Rigorously researched and scholarly (Daily Express)

Banner sheds new light on the life and legend of Marilyn Monroe ... A fascinating portrait


Book Description

With revelatory new information, from a leading feminist scholar and biographer, a nuanced and sympathetic biography of Marilyn Monroe to be published on the 50th anniversary of her death

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