Lockdown reading: The 430 books in Marilyn Monroe’s library
At a time when millions of people remain forced to stay home amid strict social distancing rules, we’re tasked with changing the way we source our means of inspiration.
While countless musicians have taken their music to the live streaming platform, it’s important to remember that a period of self-isolation doesn’t require our eyes to be permanently fixated to a screen.
In search of new reading material, we’re turning to Marilyn Monroe, the American actress, model, and singer who emerged as the most iconic and popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s. Despite passing away at the untimely age of 36, Monroe became the most sought after actor of a generation and her films would go on to earn well over $200 million at the box office.
Monroe, who had a thirst for literature and was once famously married to playwright Arthur Miller, celebrated a library of well over 400 books and included the likes of Ian Fleming, DH Lawrence, John Steinbeck, Thomas Wolfe F. Scott Fitzgerald and many, many more.
“Several photographs taken of Marilyn earlier in her life—the ones she especially liked—show her reading,” Sam Kashner, writing for Vanity Fair, once explained. “Eve Arnold photographed her for Esquire magazine in a playground in Amagansett reading James Joyce’s Ulysses. Alfred Eisenstaedt photographed her, for Life, at home, dressed in white slacks and a black top, curled up on her sofa, reading, in front of a shelf of books—her personal library, which would grow to 400 volumes. In another photograph, she’s on a pulled-out sofa bed reading the poetry of Heinrich Heine.”
Here, enjoy a list of books owned by Marilyn Monroe. The full list was auctioned by Christie’s in 1999 and has been collected into individual groups such as ‘American Literature’, ‘Anthologies’, ‘Travel’ and more by Booktryst.
The 430 books in Marilyn Monroe’s library:
1) Let’s Make Love by Matthew Andrews (novelisation of the movie) 2) How To Travel Incognito by Ludwig Bemelmans 3) To The One I Love Best by Ludwig Bemelmans 4) Thurber Country by James Thurber 5) The Fall by Albert Camus 6) Marilyn Monroe by George Carpozi 7) Camille by Alexander Dumas 8) Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 9) The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book by Fannie Merritt-Farmer 10) The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald 11) From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming 12) The Art Of Loving by Erich Fromm 13) The Prophet by Kahlil Gilbran 14) Ulysses by James Joyce 15) Stoned Like A Statue: A Complete Survey Of Drinking Cliches, Primitive, Classical & Modern by Howard Kandel & Don Safran, with an intro by Dean Martin (a man who knew how to drink!) 16) The Last Temptation Of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis 17) On The Road by Jack Kerouac 18) Selected Poems by DH Lawrence 19 and 20) Sons And Lovers by DH Lawrence (2 editions) 21) The Portable DH Lawrence 22) Etruscan Places (DH Lawrence?) 23) DH Lawrence: A Basic Study Of His Ideas by Mary Freeman 24) The Assistant by Bernard Malamud 25) The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud 26) Death In Venice & Seven Other Stories by Thomas Mann 27) Last Essays by Thomas Mann 28) The Thomas Mann Reader 29) Hawaii by James Michener 30) Red Roses For Me by Sean O’Casey 31) I Knock At The Door by Sean O’Casey 32) Selected Plays by Sean O’Casey 33) The Green Crow by Sean O’Casey 34) Golden Boy by Clifford Odets 35) Clash By Night by Clifford Odets 36) The Country Girl by Clifford Odets 37) 6 Plays Of Clifford Odets 38) The Cat With 2 Faces by Gordon Young 39) Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill 40) Part Of A Long Story: Eugene O’Neill As A Young Man In Love by Agnes Boulton 41) The Little Engine That Could by Piper Watty (with childish pencil scrawls at end, possibly MM’s) 42) The New Joy Of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer & Marion Rombauer-Becker (with some cut recipes, page markers, a typed diet sheet and manuscript shopping list, apparently in MM’s hand, laid in) 43) Selected Plays Of George Bernard Shaw 44) Ellen Terry And Bernard Shaw – A Correspondence 45) Bernard Shaw & Mrs Patrick Campbell – Their Correspondence 46) The Short Reigh Of Pippin IV by John Steinbeck 47) Once There Was A War by John Steinbeck 48) Set This House On Fire by William Styron 49) Lie Down In Darkness (William Styron?) 50) The Roman Spring Of Mrs Stone by Tennessee Williams 51) Camino Real by Tennessee Williams 52) A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (with notes by MM) 53) The Flower In Drama And Glamour by Stark Young (inscribed to MM by Lee Strasberg, Christmas 1955)
54) Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald 55) The Story Of A Novel by Thomas Wolfe 56) Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe 57) A Stone, A Leaf, A Door (Thomas Wolfe?) 58) Thomas Wolfe’s Letters To His Mother, ed. John Skally Terry 59) A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway 60) The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 61) Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson 62) Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser 63) Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck 64) The American Claimant & Other Stories & Sketches by Mark Twain 65) In Defense of Harriet Shelley & Other Essays (Mark Twain?) 66) The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 67) Roughing It (Mark Twain?) 68) The Magic Christian by Terry Southern 69) A Death In The Family by James Agee 70) The War Lover by John Hersey 71) Don’t Call Me By My Right Name & Other Stories by James Purdy 72) Malcolm by James Purdy
73) The Portable Irish Reader (pub. Viking) 74) The Portable Poe – Edgar Allen Poe 75) The Portable Walt Whitman 76) This Week’s Short Stories (New York, 1953) 77) Bedside Book Of Famous Short Stories 78) Short Novels Of Colette 79) Short Story Masterpieces (New York, 1960) 80) The Passionate Playgoer by George Oppenheimer 81) Fancies And Goodnights by John Collier 82) Evergreen Review, Vol 2, No. 6 83) The Medal & Other Stories by Luigi Pirandello
84) Max Weber (art book – inscribed to MM by ‘Sam’ – Shaw?) 85) Renoir by Albert Skira 86) Max by Giovannetti Pericle 87) The Family Of Man by Carl Sandburg 88-90) Horizon, A Magazine Of The Arts (Nov 1959, Jan 1960, Mar 1960.) 91) Jean Dubuffet by Daniel Cordier
92) The Summing Up by W. Somerset Maugham 93) Close To Colette by Maurice Goudeket 94) This Demi-Paradise by Margaret Halsey 95) God Protect Me From My Friends by Gavin Maxwell 96) Minister Of Death: The Adolf Eichmann Story by Quentin Reynolds, Ephraim Katz and Zwy Aldouby 97) Dance To The Piper by Agnes DeMille 98) Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It by Mae West 99) Act One by Moss Hart
100) Science And Health With Key To The Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy 101) Poems, Including Christ And Christmas by Mary Baker Eddy
102) 2 Plays: Peace And Lysistrata by Aristophanes 103) Of The Nature Of Things by Lucretius 104) The Philosophy Of Plato 105) Mythology by Edith Hamilton 106) Theory Of Poetry And Fine Art by Aristotle 107) Metaphysics by Aristotle 108-111) Plutarch’s Lives, Vols 3-6 only (of 6) by William and John Langhorne
112) Bound For Glory by Woody Guthrie 113) The Support Of The Mysteries by Paul Breslow 114) Paris Blues by Harold Flender 115) The Shook-Up Generation by Harrison E. Salisbury
Foreign-Language Texts And Translations
116) An Mands Ansigt by Arthur Miller 117) Independent People by Halldor Laxness 118) Mujer by Lina Rolan (inscribed to MM by author) 119) The Havamal, ed. D.E. Martin Clarke 120) Yuan Mei: 18th Century Chinese Poet by Arthur Waley 121) Almanach: Das 73 Jahr by S. Fischer Verlag
122) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert 123) The Works Of Rabelais 124) The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust 125) Cities Of The Plain by Marcel Proust 126) Within A Budding Grove by Marcel Proust 127) The Sweet Cheat Gone by Marcel Proust 128) The Captive by Marcel Proust 129) Nana by Emile Zola 130) Plays by Moliere
131) The Life And Work of Sigmund Freud by Ernest Jones 132) Letters Of Sigmund Freud, ed. Ernest L. Freud 133) Glory Reflected by Martin Freud 134) Moses And Monotheism by Sigmund Freud 135) Conditioned Reflex Therapy by Andrew Salter
Gardening & Pets
136-137) The Wise Garden Encyclopedia, ed. E.L.D. Seymour (2 editions) 138) Landscaping Your Own Home by Alice Dustan 139) Outpost Nurseries – publicity brochure 140) The Forest And The Sea by Marston Bates 141) Pet Turtles by Julien Bronson 142) A Book About Bees by Edwin Way Teale 143) Codfish, Cats & Civilisation by Gary Webster
144) How To Do It, Or, The Art Of Lively Entertaining by Elsa Maxwell 145) Wake Up, Stupid by Mark Harris 146) Merry Christmas, Happy New Year by Phyllis McGinley 147) The Hero Maker by Akbar Del Piombo & Norman Rubington 148) How To Talk At Gin by Ernie Kovacs 149) VIP Tosses A Party, by Virgil Partch 150) Who Blowed Up The House & Other Ozark Folk Tales, ed. Randolph Vance 151) Snobs by Russell Lynes
Judaica (MM officially converted to Judaism upon her marriage to Miller).
152) The Form of Daily Prayers 153) Sephath Emeth (Speech Of Truth): Order Of Prayers For The Wholes Year In Jewish and English 154) The Holy Scriptures According To The Masoretic Text (inscribed to MM by Paula Strasberg, July 1, 1956)
155) The Law by Roger Vailland 156) The Building by Peter Martin 157) The Mermaids by Boros 158) They Came To Cordura by Glendon Swarthout 159) The 7th Cross by Anna Seghers 160) A European Education by Romain Gary 161) Strike For A Kingdom by Menna Gallie 162) The Slide Area by Gavin Lambert 163) The Woman Who Was Poor by Leon Bloy 164) Green Mansions by W.H. Hudson 165) The Contenders by John Wain 166) The Best Of All Worlds, Or, What Voltaire Never Knew by Hans Jorgen Lembourn (is this the same guy who later wrote ’40 Days With Marilyn’?) 167) The Story Of Esther Costello by Nicholas Montsarrat 168) Oh Careless Love by Maurice Zolotow (MM biographer) 169) Add A Dash Of Pity by Peter Ustinov 170) An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (filmed as A Place In The Sun – MM admired Elizabeth Taylor’s performance) 171) The Mark Of The Warrior by Paul Scott 172) The Dancing Bear by Edzard Schaper 173) Miracle In The Rain by Ben Hecht (co-author of MM’s autobiography) 174) The Guide by R.K. Narayan 175) Blow Up A Storm by Garson Kanin (later wrote screenplay ‘Moviola’, featurning an MM-based character) 176) Jonathan by Russell O’Neill 177) Fowlers End by Gerald Kersh 178) Hurricane Season by Ralph Winnett 179) The un-Americans by Alvah Bessie (later wrote The Symbol, a novel loosely based on MM’s life) 180) The Devil’s Advocate by Morris L. West 181) On Such A Night by Anthony Quayle 182) Say You Never Saw Me by Arthur Nesbitt 183) All The Naked Heroes by Alan Kapener 184) Jeremy Todd by Hamilton Maule 185) Miss America by Daniel Stren 186) Fever In The Blood by William Pearson 187) Spartacus by Howard Fast 188) Venetian Red by L.M. Pasinetti 189) A Cup Of Tea For Mr Thorgill by Storm Jameson 190) Six O’Clock Casual by Henry W. Cune 191) Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong (the movie ‘Don’t Bother To Knock’ was based on this novel) 192) The Gingko Tree by Sheelagh Burns 193) The Mountain Road by Theodore H. White 194) Three Circles Of Light by Pietro Di Donato 195) The Day The Money Stopped by Brendan Gill 196) The Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins (Hollywood-set bestseller, featuring a Jean Harlow-based character, Rina Marlowe. Marilyn’s secretary, Margerie Stengel, recalls that Marilyn was reading a Robbins novel in her New York apartment in 1961.) 197-198) Justine by Lawrence Durrell (2 editions, possibly read during filming of The Misfits) 199) Balthazar by Lawrence Durrell 200) Brighton Rock by Graham Greene 201) The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad 202) The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett 203) Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Dog by Dylan Thomas (Marilyn met Thomas in Shelley Winters’ apartment circa 1951) 204) Hear Us O Lord From Heaven Thy Dwelling Place, by Malcolm Lowry
205) The Sound And The Fury/As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner 206) God’s Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell 207) Anna Christie/The Emperor Jones/The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill (Marilyn played Anna in a scene performed at the Actor’s Studio in 1956) 208) The Philosophy Of Schopenhauer by Irwin Edman 209) The Philosophy Of Spinoza by Joseph Ratner 210) The Dubliners by James Joyce 211) Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson 212) The Collected Short Stories by Dorothy Parker (Friend of Marilyn’s, lived nearby her Doheny Drive apartment in 1961) 213) Selected Works by Alexander Pope 214) The Red And The Black by Stendhal 215) The Life Of Michelangelo by John Addington 216) Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham (Niagara director Henry Hathaway wanted to film this with MM and James Dean. It was eventually made with Kim Novak and Laurence Harvey.) 217) Three Famous French Romances (W. Somerset Maugham?) 218) Napoleon by Emil Ludwig 219) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (a second copy?) 220) The Poems And Fairy-Tales by Oscar Wilde 221) Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland/Through The Looking Glass/The Hunting Of The Snark, by Lewis Carroll 222) A High Wind In Jamaica by Richard Hughes 223) An Anthology Of American Negro Literature, ed. Sylvestre C. Watkins
224) Beethoven: His Spiritual Development by J.W.N. Sullivan 225) Music For The Millions by David Ewen 226) Schubert by Ralph Bates 227) Men Of Music by Wallace Brockaway and Herbert Weinstock
228) The Potting Shed by Graham Greene 229) Politics In The American Drama by Caspar Nannes 230) Sons Of Men by Herschel Steinhardt 231) Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin (MM auditioned for the movie, but Judy Holliday got the part) 232) Untitled & Other Radio Drams by Norman Corwin 233) Thirteen By Corwin, by Norman Corwin 234) More By Corwin, by Norman Corwin 235) Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill (a second copy) 236) Best American Plays: Third Series, 1945-1951 237) Theatre ’52 by John Chapman 238) 16 Famous European Plays, by Bennett Cerf and Van H. Cartmell 239) The Complete Plays Of Henry James 240) 20 Best Plays Of The Modern American Theatre, by John Glassner 241) Elizabethan Plays by Hazelton Spencer 242) Critics’ Choice by Jack Gaver 243) Modern American Dramas by Harlan Hatcher 244) The Album Of The Cambridge Garrick Club
245) A Shropshire Lad by A.E. Houseman 246) The Poetry & Prose Of Heinrich Heine by Frederich Ewen 247) The Poetical works Of John Milton, by H.C. Beeching 248) The Poetical Works Of Robert Browning (H.C. Beeching?) 249) Wordsworth by Richard Wilbur 250) The Poetical Works Of Shelley (Richard Wilbur?) 251) The Portable Blake, by William Blake 252) William Shakespeare: Sonnets, ed. Mary Jane Gorton 253) Poems Of Robert Burns, ed. Henry Meikle & William Beattie 254) The Penguin Book Of English Verse, ed. John Hayward 255) Aragon: Poet Of The French Resistance, by Hannah Josephson & Malcolm Cowley 256) Star Crossed by Margaret Tilden
257 and 258) Collected Sonnets by Edna St Vincent Millay (2 editions) 259) Robert Frost’s Poems by Louis Untermeyer (Marilyn befriended Untermeyer during her marriage to Arthur) 260) Poe: Complete Poems by Richard Wilbur (a 2nd copy?) 261) The Life And Times Of Archy And Mehitabel by Don Marquis 262) The Pocketbook Of Modern Verse by Oscar Williams 263) Poems by John Tagliabue 264) Selected Poems by Rafael Alberti 265) Selected Poetry by Robinson Jeffers 266) The American Puritans: Their Prose & Poetry, by Perry Miller 267) Selected Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke 268) Poet In New York by Federico Garcia Lorca 269) The Vapor Trail by Ivan Lawrence Becker (inscribed to Arthur by the author, there is also a note to MM) 270) Love Poems & Love Letters For All The Year 271) 100 Modern Poems, ed. Selden Rodman 272) The Sweeniad, by Myra Buttle 273) Poetry: A Magazine Of Verse, Vol.70, no. 6
274) The Wall Between by Anne Braden 275) The Roots Of American Communism by Theodore Draper 276) A View Of The Nation – An Anthology : 1955-1959, ed. Henry Christian 277) A Socialist’s Faith by Norman Thomas 278-279) Rededication To Freedom by Benjamin Ginzburg (2 copies) 280) The Ignorant Armies by E.M. Halliday 281) Commonwealth Vs Sacco & Vanzetti, by Robert P. Weeks 282) Journey To The Beginning by Edgar Snow 283) Das Kapital by Karl Marx 284) Lidice by Eleanor Wheeler 285) The Study Of History by Arnold Toynbee 286) America The Invincible by Emmet John Hughes 287) The Unfinished Country by Max Lerner 288) Red Mirage by John O’Kearney 289) Background & Foreground – The New York Times Magazine: An Anthology, ed. Lester Markel (a friend of MM) 290) The Failure Of Success by Esther Milner 291) A Piece Of My Mind by Edmund Wilson 292) The Truth About The Munich Crisis by Viscount Maugham 293) The Alienation Of Modern Man by Fritz Pappenheim 294) A Train Of Powder by Rebecca West 295) Report From Palermo by Danilo Dolci 296) The Devil In Massachusetts by Marion Starkey 297) American Rights: The Constitution In Action, by Walter Gellhorn 298) Night by Francis Pollini 299) The Right Of The People by William Douglas 300) The Jury Is Still Out by Irwin Davidson and Richard Gehman 301) First Degree by William Kunstler 302) Democracy In America by Alexis De Tocqueville 303) World Underworld by Andrew Varna
304) Catechism For Young Children (1936, so may be from Norma Jeane’s childhood) 305) Prayer Changes Things (1952, inscribed to MM – perhaps from Jane Russell?) 306) The Prophet by Kahlil Bibran (a second copy?) 307) The Magic Word L.I.D.G.T.T.F.T.A.T.I.M. by Robert Collier 308) The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (a third copy?) 309) His Brother’s Keeper by Milton Gross (3-page extract from Readers’ Digest, Dec 1961) 310) Christliches ergissmeinnicht by K. Ehmann 311) And It Was Told Of A Certain Potter by Walter C. Lanyon (1922, so may be from childhood. Several newspaper poems and prayers tipped in.) 312) Bahai Prayers (inscribed to MM, ‘Marilyn Monroe Maybeline. A gift for my darling Maybeline, with all my love, Charlzetta’ – dated 1961.)
313) Man Against Himself by Karl A. Menninger 314) The Tower And The Abyss by Erich Kahler 315) Something To Live By, by Dorothea S. Kopplin 316) Man’s Supreme Inheritance by Alexander F. Matthias 317) The Miracles Of Your Mind by Joseph Murphy 318) The Wisdom Of The Sands by Antoine de Saint-Exupery 319) A Prison, A Paradise by Loran Hurnscot 320) The Magic Of Believing by Claude M. Bristol 321) Peace Of Mind by Joshua Loth Liebman 322) The Use Of The Self by Alexander F. Matthias 323) The Power Within You by Claude M. Bristol 324) The Call Girl by Harold Greenwald 325) Troubled Women by Lucy Freeman (who later wrote ‘Why Norma Jean Killed Marilyn Monroe’) 326) Relax And Live by Joseph A. Kennedy 327) Forever Young, Forever Healthy by Indra Devi 328) The Open Self by Charles Morris 329) Hypnotism Today by Leslie Lecron & Jean Bordeaux 330) The Masks Of God: Primitive Mythology, by Joseph Campbell 331) Some Characteristics Of Today by Rudolph Steiner
332) Baby & Child Care by Dr Benjamin Spock (pub. 1958) 333) Flower Arranging For Fun by Hazel Peckinpaugh Dunlop 334) Hugo’s Pocket Dictionary: French-English And English-French 335) Spoken French For Travellers And Tourists, by Charles Kany & Mathurin Dondo 336) Roget’s Pocket Thesaurus, by C.O. Mawson & K.A. Whiting
337) What Is A Jew? by Morris Kertzer 338) A Partisan Guide To The Jewish Problem, by Milton Steinberg 339) The Tales Of Rabbi Nachman, by Martin Buber 340) The Saviours Of God: Spiritual Exercises, by Nikos Kazantzakis 341) The Prophet by Kahlil Gilbran (4th copy?) 342) The Dead Sea Scrolls by Millar Burrows 343) The Secret Books Of The Egyptian Gnostics, by Jean Doresse 344) Jesus by Kahlil Gilbran 345) Memories Of A Catholic Girlhood, by Mary McCarthy 346) Why I Am Not A Christian, by Bertrand Russell
347) Redemption & Other Plays by Leo Tolstoy 348) The Viking Library Portable Anton Chekhov 349) The House Of The Dead, by Fyodor Dostoevsky 350) Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky 351) Best Russian Stories: An Anthology, ed. Thomas Seltzer 352) The Plays Of Anton Chekhov 353) Smoke by Ivan Turgenev 354) The Poems, Prose & Plays Of Alexander Pushkin 355) The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (not in the Christies’ catalogue. But friends of MM recall her reading it as a young actress, and she had hopes of playing Grushenka. Her own remarks in interviews make it clear that she had read the novel.)
356) Our Knowledge Of The External World, by Bertrand Russell 357) Common Sense And Nuclear Warfare, by Bertrand Russell 358) Out Of My Later Years by Albert Einstein 359) Men And Atoms by William Laurence 360) Man Alive by Daniel Colin Munro (inscribed to Renna Campbell from Lorraine?) 361) Doctor Pygmalion by Maxwell Maltz 362) Panorama: A New Review, ed. R.F. Tannenbaum 363) Everyman’s Search by Rebecca Beard 364) Of Stars And Men by Harlow Shapley 365) From Hiroshima To The Moon, by Daniel Lang 366) The Open Mind by J. Robert Oppenheimer 367) Sexual Impotence In The Male, by Leonard Paul Wershub
Scripts And Readings
368) Medea by Jeffers Robinson 369) Antigone by Jean Anouilh 370) Bell, Book And Candle by John Van Druten 371) The Women by Clare Boothe 372) Jean Of Lorraine by Maxwell Anderson
373) The Sawbwa And His Secretary by C.Y. Lee 374) The Twain Shall Meet by Christopher Rand 375) Kingdom Of The Rocks by Consuelo De Saint-Exupery 376) The Heart Of India by Alexander Campbell 377) Man-Eaters Of India by Jim Corbett 378) Jungle Lore by Jim Corbett 379) My India by Jim Corbett 380) A Time In Rome by Elizabeth Bowen 381) London by Jacques Boussard 382) New York State Vacationlands 383) Russian Journey by William O. Douglas 384) The Golden Bough by James G. Frazer
385) The Portable Dorothy Parker 386) My Antonia by Willa Cather 387) Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather 388) The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers (befriended Marilyn when she first moved to New York) 389) The Short Novels Of Colette (A second copy?) 390) The Little Disturbances Of Man by Grace Paley
“Here are a few other books which weren’t included, but Monroe was reported either to have read or owned them. Most on the list are cited in the Unabridged Marilyn.”
391) The Autobiography Of Lincoln Steffens (read during The Fireball) 392-403) Carl Sandburg’s 12-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln 404) The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery (Marilyn gave a copy to Joe after their wedding) 405) Poems Of W.B. Yeats (Marilyn read his poems aloud at Norman Rosten’s house) 406) Mr Roberts by Joyce Cary 407) The Thinking Body by Mabel Elsworth Todd 408) The Actor Prepares by Konstantin Stanislavsky 409) The Bible 410) The Biography Of Eleanora Duse, by William Weaver 411) De Humani Corporis Fabrica (Study Of Human Bone Structure) by Andreas Vesalius 412) Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson 413) Gertrude Lawrence As Mrs A, by Richard Aldrich 414) Goodnight Sweet Prince by Gene Fowler 415) Greek Mythology by Edith Hamilton 416) How Stanislavsky Directs by Mikhail Gorchakov (posted earlier by Felicia) 417) I Married Adventure by Olso Johnson 418) The Importance Of Living by Lin Yutang 419) Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (read during All About Eve) 420) Psychology Of Everyday Life by Sigmund Freud 421) The Rains Came by Louis Broomfield 422) The Rights Of Man by Thomas Paine (read during some Like It Hot) 423) Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust 424) To The Actor by Michael Chekhov (Marilyn’s acting teacher from 1950-1955) 425) Captain Newman, M.D. (Novel based on Dr Ralph Greenson’s as an army doctor in Korea. Marilyn was said to be reading this on the week of her death.A film based on the book was released in 1963.) 426) Songs For Patricia by Norman Rosten (posted by Paju) 427) A Lost Lady by Willa Cather (Marilyn hoped to film this with her production company. But an earlier adaptation was so disappointing to the author, that she withdrew the film rights.) 428) Lust For Life by Irving Stone 429) The Deer Park by Norman Mailer (Hollywood-based novel. Marilyn commented on the book, ‘He’s too impressed by power, in my opinion.’ Mailer tried unsuccessfully to meet Marilyn, and after her death wrote several books on her.) 430) The Rebel by Albert Camus