Norman Mailer. Bert Stern. Marilyn Monroe


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Norman Mailer. Bert Stern. Marilyn Monroe
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Norman Mailer. Bert Stern. Marilyn Monroe

Bert Stern's photographs of Marilyn Monroe - taken just weeks before her death - merge with Norman Mailer's controversial 1973 biography of Monroe to create this intimate portrait of an enigmatic woman - a world celebrity with a tragic end.



In this beautiful coffee table book, TASCHEN has combined Norman Mailer's original text with Bert Stern's iconic photographs of the legendary Last Sitting - widely regarded as the most intimate photographs of Marilyn Monroe ever taken - to create a fitting tribute to the woman who, at the time of her death in 1962, was the world's most famous, a symbol of glamour and eroticism for an entire generation.

Although Marilyn Monroe was feted and adored by her public, her private life was that of a little girl lost, desperate for love and security. Mailer's Marilyn is beautiful, tragic and complex. As Mailer reflects on her life - from her bleak childhood to the mysterious circumstances of her death - she emerges as a symbol of the bizarre decade in which she reigned as Hollywood's biggest female star.

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

Designed by Lawrence Schiller, Mailer's collaborator on five works, this book combines the author's masterful text with Stern's penetrating images of the 36-year-old Marilyn. Marilyn was photographed over three days for Vogue magazine at the Bel-Air Hotel. She had never had such free access and never looked so breathtakingly beautiful. Six weeks later, she was mysteriously dead. In this daring synthesis of literary classics and legendary portraits, Mailer and Stern lift the veils of confusion surrounding Monroe - the woman, the star, the sex symbol - and offer deep insight into an iconic figure whose true personality remains a mystery even today.

Title: Norman Mailer. Bert Stern. Marilyn Monroe
Publisher: Taschen
Size: 355 x 292 x 36 mm
Size: 276 pages
Weight: 2650 grams
Language: English
Material: Hardcover
ISBN: 9783836592611



TASCHEN is a leading art book publisher known for its dazzling and bold world of striking coffee-table books on architecture, aphrodisia, art, design, fashion, photography, pop culture, style and travel. Working closely with renowned creative partners, the company has published thousands of titles in dozens of languages. From the essential Basic Art series to SUMO-sized Collector's...