Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marylin Monroe

̈Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt and
bewildered ̈
Beauty. Grace. Sophistication. “Sexiest Woman of the 20th Century”
“Best Foreign Actress” Nomination in 1956. “The Most
Advertised Girl in the World” in 1953. Who is she?! What interesting
facts do we know about her?! Maybe, that she used a special type of
lipstick made up of a secret blend of three shades and contained a gloss
which was a mixture of wax and Vaseline! Or, that a dress worn by her
when she sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” to the U.S. President
Kennedy became the most expensive dress in the world and was sold
for 1,150,000 $!

Marilyn Monroe was more than just a movie star or glamour queen. A
global sensation in her lifetime, Monroe’s popularity has extended
beyond star status to icon. Today, the name “Marilyn Monroe” is synonymous with beauty,
sensuality and effervescence.

In the middle of October 2010 was published a new book about Marilyn Monroe
“Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters” – an unprecedented collection of written
artifacts (notes to herself, letters, reflections on men in Marilyn’s life, references to works by
James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and numerous other authors, musings on her readings about
Italian Renaissance art and how to decorate her apartment, even poems in her own
handwriting never before published!) along with rarely seen intimate photographs.

“Fragments…” was commissioned at first by her acting teacher
and friend Lee Strasberg but then by his widow Anna Strasberg
who managed Marilyn Monroe’s estate. The letters in
“Fragments…” was part of the estate that Lee Strasberg inherited
after Marilyn’s death. The letters were handed over to Stanley
Buchthal, a family friend and adviser, and Bernard Comment, an
editor at Editions du Seuil in Paris, to be compiled and edited for
the book.

The personality of Marilyn Monroe is very controversial in the
following book. On the one hand, this book reveals a woman who
loved deeply and strove to perfect her craft. Marilyn Monroe is
shown here as unsparing in her analysis of her own life, but also funny, playful, and
impossibly charming. On the other hand, we all know how ill-used she was by life – the
mentally damaged mother and grandmother, the foster homes, the unhappy marriage at 16,
her exploited early professional life as model and small-parts actress, her lifelong attraction
to men who were not good for her (in “Fragments…” she discovers that her third husband,
Arthur Miller, was ashamed of his friends’ opinion of her!).

“I haven’t had Faith in Life meaning Reality—what ever it is or happens. There is nothing to
hold on to—but reality to realize the present whatever it may be —because that’s how it is
and it’s much better to know reality or things as they are than not to know and to have few

Marilyn Monroe’s poetry in this book discloses a great deal
about the woman herself and makes her accessible on an
intimate level that is not possible through reading biographies or watching her movies!
Monroe’s private reflections show her deepest fears, emotions and ambitions as well as her
sense of humor and willingness to poke fun at herself and those around her.
She singlehandedly created her iconic look! She suffered a lot but at the same time achieved
a lot!

While the name “Marilyn Monroe” will be remembered for years to come, it is unclear to
many people why. Marilyn Monroe was and still is unique and years ahead of her time
because of her brains, sex appeal and talent! If you take a little time to read “Fragments…”,you might come to understand why the legend of Marilyn Monroe lives on!