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Marilyn Monroe

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This book is more than simply a biography of Marilyn Monroe: it analyzes the ways in which her life was interwoven with the images that were constructed of her and the myths that were spun around her. The book's claim to originality lies in its attempt to analyze in a serious way her life, her films and her relation to modern culture. Drawing on critical theory, feminism a ...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Polity Press
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Jul 08, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is not really a biography of Marilyn Monroe, but rather a sociological study of Monroe's life, Monroe's afterlife, and--perhaps most effectively--the Marilyn Monroe "machine," which continues to churn out books, documentaries, mugs, notebooks, calendars, etc., that feature images of Monroe over fifty years after her death.

McCann divides his subject into three distinct personae: "Norma Jeane," the pre-famous icon; "Marilyn," the famous icon; and Monroe herself, the actual human being behind
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