Norman Mailer/Bert Stern: Marilyn Monroe
Taschen has paired Mailer's original text (his 1973 biography Marilyn) with Bert Stern's extraordinary photographsâwidely considered the most intimate ever taken of Monroeâto 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.
This book, conceived by Lawrence Schiller, Mailerâs collaborator on five works, combines the authorâs masterful text with Stern's penetrating images of the 36-year-old Marilyn. Photographed for Vogue magazine over three days at the Bel-Air Hotel, Marilyn had never allowed such unfettered access, nor had she looked so breathtakingly beautiful. Six weeks later, mysteriously, she was dead. In this bold synthesis of literary classic and legendary portrait sitting, Mailer and Stern lift the veils of confusion surrounding Monroeâthe woman, the star, the sex symbolâand offer profound insight into an iconic figure whose true personality remains an enigma even today.
An industry rebel who plays by his own rules, Benedikt Taschen has taken niche publishing to new heights. Insistent on approving every title sold under the Taschen name, the German publisher prides himself on producing quality works-irrespective of cost-that have an identity and soul.
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