Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy by Elizabeth Winder

The book

Takes a look at Marilyn Monroe's happy time in the Big Apple, during which she took classes with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, befriended the greatest actors and writers of her day and broke her contract with Fox Studios to form her own production company, a groundbreaking move that revolutionized the entertainment industry.

"The premise of Marilyn in Manhattan, as defined in the opening paragraph, is so good that it sells the book all by itself:

“In late November 1954, a woman who identified herself as Zelda Zonk drove quietly to the LAX airport and boarded the evening’s last plane to New York. Accompanied by a young photographer named Milton Greene, the woman wore no makeup, a man’s oxford shirt, and Jax cigarette pants under a full-length black mink. She wore a black wig cut in a blunt pageboy and, though it was nearly midnight, black Wayfarers. She lit cigarettes and bit her nails like any other jittery twenty-eight-year-old about to jettison marriage, home, and career in the course of one midnight flight. Soothed by the revving engine, she slipped off the wig, revealing a tangle of fluffy blonde curls.

“She was Marilyn Monroe.”

I mean, pretty great—right? As opening paragraphs go.

There is genius at work in Elizabeth Winder’s new book, Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy."

  • Flatiron Books (20 marzo 2017)
  • Lingua ‏ : ‎ Inglese
  • Copertina rigida ‏ : ‎ 280 pagine € 6,,34 formato ebook

Elizabeth Winder is the author of PAIN, PARTIES, WORK: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Antioch Review, American Letters, and other publications. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, and earned an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University.