untitledOur lovely Vintage Librarian Claire Pursglove is a great admirer of the legendary Marilyn Monroe, and this week she is reviewing a new book on the actress. Does it live up to her expectations?

Marilyn Monroe: A Life in Pictures
Pavilion Books, £25.00

I’ve picked up a fair few Marilyn books in my time, but this coffee table style collection is easily my new favourite. Each full page shot of Marilyn seems to capture a different essence of her life and personality, and there are images from some of the most important photographers in Marilyn’s life (George Barris, Sam Shaw and Eve Arnold to name a few).

What is most impressive about this volume is the spectrum of the photography: there are images that have most likely never been published anywhere else, and it doesn’t rely on the more infamous photo shoots that Monroe did in her time.

There are no film stills or publicity shots to be found here either; instead only candid moments from her childhood, career and private life. These include her early modelling days, pictures taken on set (and off set with the leading men in her personal life) and on social engagements.

Alongside these beautiful images are some insightful quotes, either from the lovely lady herself or someone who knew her. There is a very brief – and surprisingly scathing – biography at the beginning of the book, but frankly most of the admirers of Marilyn will be more interested in the photos than another ‘review’ of their favourite star.

2 Responses

  1. Kiri

    Hmm, sounds good. I love looking at pictures of her. I’ll have to see if I can find it at the library or something. 🙂

  2. Marisela

    I bought this book about 1 or 2 years ago and I have to say it’s absolutely worth the investment. The photographs are absolutely beautiful and I also love the small quotes from other celebrities and her own. She in my opinion is the most photogenic celebrity that ever existed. If you are a dedicated fan of hers too, I highly recommend it.