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The books that Marilyn Monroe read

    Marilyn Monroe was an avid reader and something of a culture vulture while she lived in New York. One would never guess from her on-screen roles where she played the opposite. Below, is a list of books owned by Marilyn Monroe auctioned at Christies-NY, October 28-29, 1999.

    marilyn monroe reading books

    1) Let’s Make Love by Matthew Andrews
    2) How To Travel Incognito by Ludwig Bemelmans
    3) To The One I Love Best by Ludwig Bemelmans
    4) Thurber Country by James Thurber
    5) The Fall by Albert Camus
    6) Marilyn Monroe by George Carpozi
    7) Camille by Alexander Dumas
    8) Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
    9) The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book by Fannie Merritt-Farmer
    10) The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
    11) From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming
    12) The Art Of Loving by Erich Fromm
    13) The Prophet by Kahlil Gilbran
    14) Ulysses by James Joyce
    15) Stoned Like A Statue: A Complete Survey Of Drinking Cliches, Primitive, Classical & Modern by Howard Kandel & Don Safran, with an intro by Dean Martin
    16) The Last Temptation Of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis
    17) On The Road by Jack Kerouac
    18) Selected Poems by DH Lawrence
    19 and 20) Sons And Lovers by DH Lawrence

    marilyn monroe reading books

    21) The Portable by DH Lawrence
    22) Etruscan Places by DH Lawrence
    23) DH Lawrence: A Basic Study Of His Ideas by Mary Freeman
    24) The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
    25) The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud
    26) Death In Venice & Seven Other Stories by Thomas Mann
    27) Last Essays by Thomas Mann
    28) The Thomas Mann Reader
    29) Hawaii by James Michener
    30) Red Roses For Me by Sean O’Casey
    31) I Knock At The Door by Sean O’Casey
    32) Selected Plays by Sean O’Casey
    33) The Green Crow by Sean O’Casey
    34) Golden Boy by Clifford Odets
    35) Clash By Night by Clifford Odets
    36) The Country Girl by Clifford Odets
    37) 6 Plays Of Clifford Odets
    38) The Cat With 2 Faces by Gordon Young
    39) Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill
    40) Part Of A Long Story: Eugene O’Neill As A Young Man In Love by Agnes Boulton

    41) The Little Engine That Could by Piper Watty
    42) The New Joy Of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer & Marion Rombauer-Becker
    43) Selected Plays Of George Bernard Shaw
    44) Ellen Terry And Bernard Shaw – A Correspondence
    45) Bernard Shaw & Mrs. Patrick Campbell – Their Correspondence
    46) The Short Reigh Of Pippin IV by John Steinbeck
    47) Once There Was A War by John Steinbeck
    48) Set This House On Fire by William Styron
    49) Lie Down In Darkness
    50) The Roman Spring Of Mrs. Stone by Tennessee Williams
    51) Camino Real by Tennessee Williams
    52) A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
    53) The Flower In Drama And Glamour by Stark Young
    54) Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    55) The Story Of A Novel by Thomas Wolfe
    56) Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe
    57) A Stone, A Leaf, A Door by Thomas Wolfe
    58) Thomas Wolfe’s Letters To His Mother, ed. John Skally Terry
    59) A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
    60) The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

    61) Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
    62) Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
    63) Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
    64) The American Claimant & Other Stories & Sketches by Mark Twain
    65) In Defense of Harriet Shelley & Other Essays by Mark Twain
    66) The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    67) Roughing It by Mark Twain
    68) The Magic Christian by Terry Southern
    69) A Death In The Family by James Agee
    70) The War Lover by John Hersey
    71) Don’t Call Me By My Right Name & Other Stories by James Purdy
    72) Malcolm by James Purdy
    73) The Portable Irish Reader
    74) The Portable Poe – Edgar Allen Poe
    75) The Portable Walt Whitman
    76) This Week’s Short Stories
    77) Bedside Book Of Famous Short Stories
    78) Short Novels Of Colette
    79) Short Story Masterpieces
    80) The Passionate Playgoer by George Oppenheimer

    81) Fancies And Goodnights by John Collier
    82) Evergreen Review, Vol 2, No. 6
    83) The Medal & Other Stories by Luigi Pirandello
    84) Max Weber
    85) Renoir by Albert Skira
    86) Max by Giovannetti Pericle
    87) The Family Of Man by Carl Sandburg
    88-90) Horizon, A Magazine Of The Arts
    91) Jean Dubuffet by Daniel Cordier
    92) The Summing Up by W. Somerset Maugham
    93) Close To Colette by Maurice Goudeket
    94) This Demi-Paradise by Margaret Halsey
    95) God Protect Me From My Friends by Gavin Maxwell
    96) Minister Of Death: The Adolf Eichmann Story by Quentin Reynolds, Ephraim Katz and Zwy Aldouby
    97) Dance To The Piper by Agnes DeMille
    98) Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It by Mae West
    99) Act One by Moss Hart
    100) Science And Health With Key To The Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy

    101) Poems, Including Christ And Christmas by Mary Baker Eddy
    102) 2 Plays: Peace And Lysistrata by Aristophanes
    103) Of The Nature Of Things by Lucretius
    104) The Philosophy Of Plato
    105) Mythology by Edith Hamilton
    106) Theory Of Poetry And Fine Art by Aristotle
    107) Metaphysics by Aristotle
    108-111) Plutarch’s Lives, Vols 3-6
    112) Bound For Glory by Woody Guthrie
    113) The Support Of The Mysteries by Paul Breslow
    114) Paris Blues by Harold Flender
    115) The Shook-Up Generation by Harrison E. Salisbury
    116) An Mands Ansigt by Arthur Miller
    117) Independent People by Halldor Laxness
    118) Mujer by Lina Rolan
    119) The Havamal, ed. D.E. Martin Clarke
    120) Yuan Mei: 18th Century Chinese Poet by Arthur Waley

    121) Almanach: Das 73 Jahr by S. Fischer Verlag
    122) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
    123) The Works Of Rabelais
    124) The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust
    125) Cities Of The Plain by Marcel Proust
    126) Within A Budding Grove by Marcel Proust
    127) The Sweet Cheat Gone by Marcel Proust
    128) The Captive by Marcel Proust
    129) Nana by Emile Zola
    130) Plays by Moliere
    131) The Life And Work of Sigmund Freud by Ernest Jones
    132) Letters Of Sigmund Freud, ed. Ernest L. Freud
    133) Glory Reflected by Martin Freud
    134) Moses And Monotheism by Sigmund Freud
    135) Conditioned Reflex Therapy by Andrew Salter
    136-137) The Wise Garden Encyclopedia, ed. E.L.D. Seymour
    138) Landscaping Your Own Home by Alice Dustan
    139) Outpost Nurseries – publicity brochure
    140) The Forest And The Sea by Marston Bates

    141) Pet Turtles by Julien Bronson
    142) A Book About Bees by Edwin Way Teale
    143) Codfish, Cats & Civilisation by Gary Webster
    144) How To Do It, Or, The Art Of Lively Entertaining by Elsa Maxwell
    145) Wake Up, Stupid by Mark Harris
    146) Merry Christmas, Happy New Year by Phyllis McGinley
    147) The Hero Maker by Akbar Del Piombo & Norman Rubington
    148) How To Talk At Gin by Ernie Kovacs
    149) VIP Tosses A Party, by Virgil Partch
    150) Who Blew Up The House & Other Ozark Folk Tales, ed. Randolph Vance
    151) Snobs by Russell Lynes
    152) The Form of Daily Prayers
    153) Sephath Emeth (Speech Of Truth): Order Of Prayers For The Wholes Year In Jewish and English
    154) The Holy Scriptures According To The Masoretic Text
    155) The Law by Roger Vailland
    156) The Building by Peter Martin
    157) The Mermaids by Boros
    158) They Came To Cordura by Glendon Swarthout
    159) The 7th Cross by Anna Seghers
    160) A European Education by Romain Gary

    161) Strike For A Kingdom by Menna Gallie
    162) The Slide Area by Gavin Lambert
    163) The Woman Who Was Poor by Leon Bloy
    164) Green Mansions by W.H. Hudson
    165) The Contenders by John Wain
    166) The Best Of All Worlds, Or, What Voltaire Never Knew by Hans Jorgen Lambourn
    167) The Story Of Esther Costello by Nicholas Monsarrat
    168) Oh Careless Love by Maurice Zolotow
    169) Add A Dash Of Pity by Peter Ustinov
    170) An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
    171) The Mark Of The Warrior by Paul Scott
    172) The Dancing Bear by Edzard Schaper
    173) Miracle In The Rain by Ben Hecht
    174) The Guide by R.K. Narayan
    175) Blow Up A Storm by Garson Kanin
    176) Jonathan by Russell O’Neill
    177) Fowlers End by Gerald Kersh
    178) Hurricane Season by Ralph Winnett
    179) The un-Americans by Alvah Bessie
    180) The Devil’s Advocate by Morris L. West

    181) On Such A Night by Anthony Quayle
    182) Say You Never Saw Me by Arthur Nesbitt
    183) All The Naked Heroes by Alan Kapsner
    184) Jeremy Todd by Hamilton Maule
    185) Miss America by Daniel Stren
    186) Fever In The Blood by William Pearson
    187) Spartacus by Howard Fast
    188) Venetian Red by L.M. Pasinetti
    189) A Cup Of Tea For Mr. Thorgill by Storm Jameson
    190) Six O’Clock Casual by Henry W. Cune
    191) Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong
    192) The Gingko Tree by Sheelagh Burns
    193) The Mountain Road by Theodore H. White
    194) Three Circles Of Light by Pietro Di Donato
    195) The Day The Money Stopped by Brendan Gill
    196) The Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins
    197-198) Justine by Lawrence Durrell
    199) Balthazar by Lawrence Durrell
    200) Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

    201) The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
    202) The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett
    203) Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Dog by Dylan Thomas
    204) Hear Us O Lord From Heaven Thy Dwelling Place, by Malcolm Lowry
    205) The Sound And The Fury/As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
    206) God’s Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell
    207) Anna Christie/Emperor Jones/The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill
    208) The Philosophy Of Schopenhauer by Irwin Edman
    209) The Philosophy Of Spinoza by Joseph Ratner
    210) The Dubliners by James Joyce
    211) Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson
    212) The Collected Short Stories by Dorothy Parker
    213) Selected Works by Alexander Pope
    214) The Red And The Black by Stendhal
    215) The Life Of Michelangelo by John Addington
    216) Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
    217) Three Famous French Romances by W. Somerset Maugham
    218) Napoleon by Emil Ludwig
    219) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
    220) The Poems And Fairy-Tales by Oscar Wilde

    221) Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland/Through The Looking Glass/The Hunting Of The Snark, by Lewis Carroll
    222) A High Wind In Jamaica by Richard Hughes
    223) An Anthology Of American Negro Literature, ed. Sylvestre C. Watkins
    224) Beethoven: His Spiritual Development by J.W.N. Sullivan
    225) Music For The Millions by David Ewen
    226) Schubert by Ralph Bates
    227) Men Of Music by Wallace Brockway and Herbert Weinstock
    228) The Potting Shed by Graham Greene
    229) Politics In The American Drama by Caspar Nannes
    230) Sons Of Men by Herschel Steinhardt
    231) Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin
    232) Untitled & Other Radio Drams by Norman Corwin
    233) Thirteen By Corwin, by Norman Corwin
    234) More By Corwin, by Norman Corwin
    235) Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill
    236) Best American Plays: Third Series, 1945-1951
    237) Theatre ’52 by John Chapman
    238) 16 Famous European Plays, by Bennett Cerf and Van H. Cartmell
    239) The Complete Plays Of Henry James
    240) 20 Best Plays Of The Modern American Theatre, by John Glassner

    241) Elizabethan Plays by Hazelton Spencer
    242) Critics’ Choice by Jack Gaver
    243) Modern American Dramas by Harlan Hatcher
    244) The Album Of The Cambridge Garrick Club
    245) A Shropshire Lad by A.E. Houseman
    246) The Poetry & Prose Of Heinrich Heine by Frederich Ewen
    247) The Poetical Works Of John Milton, by H.C. Beeching
    248) The Poetical Works Of Robert Browning by H.C. Beeching
    249) Wordsworth by Richard Wilbur
    250) The Poetical Works Of Shelley by Richard Wilbur
    251) The Portable Blake, by William Blake
    252) William Shakespeare: Sonnets, ed. Mary Jane Gorton
    253) Poems Of Robert Burns, ed. Henry Meikle & William Beattie
    254) The Penguin Book Of English Verse, ed. John Hayward
    255) Aragon: Poet Of The French Resistance, by Hannah Josephson & Malcolm Cowley
    256) Star Crossed by Margaret Tilden
    257 and 258) Collected Sonnets by Edna St Vincent Millay
    259) Robert Frost’s Poems by Louis Untermeyer
    260) Poe: Complete Poems by Richard Wilbur

    261) The Life And Times Of Archy And Mehitabel by Don Marquis
    262) The Pocketbook Of Modern Verse by Oscar Williams
    263) Poems by John Tagliabue
    264) Selected Poems by Rafael Alberti
    265) Selected Poetry by Robinson Jeffers
    266) The American Puritans: Their Prose & Poetry, by Perry Miller
    267) Selected Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke
    268) Poet In New York by Federico Garcia Lorca
    269) The Vapor Trail by Ivan Lawrence Becker
    270) Love Poems & Love Letters For All The Year
    271) 100 Modern Poems, ed. Selden Rodman
    272) The Sweeniad, by Myra Buttle
    273) Poetry: A Magazine Of Verse, Vol.70, no. 6
    274) The Wall Between by Anne Braden
    275) The Roots Of American Communism by Theodore Draper
    276) A View Of The Nation – An Anthology: 1955-1959, ed. Henry Christian
    277) A Socialist’s Faith by Norman Thomas
    278-279) Rededication To Freedom by Benjamin Ginzburg
    280) The Ignorant Armies by E.M. Halliday

    281) Commonwealth Vs Sacco & Vanzetti, by Robert P. Weeks
    282) Journey To The Beginning by Edgar Snow
    283) Das Kapital by Karl Marx
    284) Lidice by Eleanor Wheeler
    285) The Study Of History by Arnold Toynbee
    286) America The Invincible by Emmet John Hughes
    287) The Unfinished Country by Max Lerner
    288) Red Mirage by John O’Kearney
    289) Background & Foreground – The New York Times Magazine: An Anthology, ed. Lester Markel
    290) The Failure Of Success by Esther Milner
    291) A Piece Of My Mind by Edmund Wilson
    292) The Truth About The Munich Crisis by Viscount Maugham
    293) The Alienation Of Modern Man by Fritz Pappenheim
    294) A Train Of Powder by Rebecca West
    295) Report From Palermo by Danilo Dolci
    296) The Devil In Massachusetts by Marion Starkey
    297) American Rights: The Constitution In Action, by Walter Gellhorn
    298) Night by Francis Pollini
    299) The Right Of The People by William Douglas
    300) The Jury Is Still Out by Irwin Davidson and Richard Gehman

    301) First Degree by William Kunstler
    302) Democracy In America by Alexis De Tocqueville
    303) World Underworld by Andrew Varna
    304) Catechism For Young Children
    305) Prayer Changes Things
    306) The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
    307) The Magic Word L.I.D.G.T.T.F.T.A.T.I.M. by Robert Collier
    308) The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
    309) His Brother’s Keeper by Milton Gross
    310) Christliches ergissmeinnicht by K. Ehmann
    311) And It Was Told Of A Certain Potter by Walter C. Lanyon
    312) Bahai Prayers
    313) Man Against Himself by Karl A. Menninger
    314) The Tower And The Abyss by Erich Kahler
    315) Something To Live By, by Dorothea S. Kopplin
    316) Man’s Supreme Inheritance by Alexander F. Matthias
    317) The Miracles Of Your Mind by Joseph Murphy
    318) The Wisdom Of The Sands by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
    319) A Prison, A Paradise by Loran Hurnscot
    320) The Magic Of Believing by Claude M. Bristol

    321) Peace Of Mind by Joshua Loth Liebman
    322) The Use Of The Self by Alexander F. Matthias
    323) The Power Within You by Claude M. Bristol
    324) The Call Girl by Harold Greenwald
    325) Troubled Women by Lucy Freeman
    326) Relax And Live by Joseph A. Kennedy
    327) Forever Young, Forever Healthy by Indra Devi
    328) The Open Self by Charles Morris
    329) Hypnotism Today by Leslie Lecron & Jean Bordeaux
    330) The Masks Of God: Primitive Mythology, by Joseph Campbell
    331) Some Characteristics Of Today by Rudolph Steiner
    332) Baby & Child Care by Dr. Benjamin Spock
    333) Flower Arranging For Fun by Hazel Peckinpaugh Dunlop
    334) Hugo’s Pocket Dictionary: French-English And English-French
    335) Spoken French For Travellers And Tourists, by Charles Kany & Mathurin Dondo
    336) Roget’s Pocket Thesaurus, by C.O. Mawson & K.A. Whiting
    337) What Is A Jew? by Morris Kertzer
    338) A Partisan Guide To The Jewish Problem, by Milton Steinberg
    339) The Tales Of Rabbi Nachman, by Martin Buber
    340) The Saviours Of God: Spiritual Exercises, by Nikos Kazantzakis

    341) The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
    342) The Dead Sea Scrolls by Millar Burrows
    343) The Secret Books Of The Egyptian Gnostics, by Jean Doresse
    344) Jesus by Kahlil Gilbran
    345) Memories Of A Catholic Girlhood, by Mary McCarthy
    346) Why I Am Not A Christian, by Bertrand Russell
    347) Redemption & Other Plays by Leo Tolstoy
    348) The Viking Library Portable Anton Chekhov
    349) The House Of The Dead, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    350) Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    351) Best Russian Stories: An Anthology, ed. Thomas Seltzer
    352) The Plays Of Anton Chekhov
    353) Smoke by Ivan Turgenev
    354) The Poems, Prose & Plays Of Alexander Pushkin
    355) The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    356) Our Knowledge Of The External World, by Bertrand Russell
    357) Common Sense And Nuclear Warfare, by Bertrand Russell
    358) Out Of My Later Years by Albert Einstein
    359) Men And Atoms by William Laurence
    360) Man Alive by Daniel Colin Munro
    361) Doctor Pygmalion by Maxwell Maltz
    362) Panorama: A New Review, ed. R.F. Tannenbaum
    363) Everyman’s Search by Rebecca Beard
    364) Of Stars And Men by Harlow Shapley
    365) From Hiroshima To The Moon, by Daniel Lang
    366) The Open Mind by J. Robert Oppenheimer
    367) Sexual Impotence In The Male, by Leonard Paul Wershub
    368) Medea by Jeffers Robinson
    369) Antigone by Jean Anouilh
    370) Bell, Book, And Candle by John Van Druten
    371) The Women by Clare Boothe
    372) Jean Of Lorraine by Maxwell Anderson
    373) The Sawbwa And His Secretary by C.Y. Lee
    374) The Twain Shall Meet by Christopher Rand
    375) Kingdom Of The Rocks by Consuelo De Saint-Exupery
    376) The Heart Of India by Alexander Campbell
    377) Man-Eaters Of India by Jim Corbett
    378) Jungle Lore by Jim Corbett
    379) My India by Jim Corbett
    380) A Time In Rome by Elizabeth Bowen
    381) London by Jacques Boussard
    382) New York State Vacationlands
    383) Russian Journey by William O. Douglas
    384) The Golden Bough by James G. Frazer
    385) The Portable Dorothy Parker
    386) My Antonia by Willa Cather
    387) Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather
    388) The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers
    389) The Short Novels Of Colette
    390) The Little Disturbances Of Man by Grace Paley
    391) The Autobiography Of Lincoln Steffens
    392-403) Carl Sandburg’s 12-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln
    404) The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    405) Poems Of W.B. Yeats
    406) Mr. Roberts by Joyce Cary
    407) The Thinking Body by Mabel Elsworth Todd
    408) The Actor Prepares by Konstantin Stanislavsky
    409) The Bible
    410) The Biography Of Eleanora Duse by William Weaver
    411) De Humani Corporis Fabrica
    412) Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
    413) Gertrude Lawrence As Mrs. A by Richard Aldrich
    414) Goodnight Sweet Prince by Gene Fowler
    415) Greek Mythology by Edith Hamilton
    416) How Stanislavsky Directs by Mikhail Gorchakov
    417) I Married Adventure by Olso Johnson
    418) The Importance Of Living by Lin Yutang
    419) Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
    420) Psychology Of Everyday Life by Sigmund Freud
    421) The Rains Came by Louis Broomfield
    422) The Rights Of Man by Thomas Paine
    423) Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
    424) To The Actor by Michael Chekhov
    425) Captain Newman, M.D.
    426) Songs For Patricia by Norman Rosten
    427) A Lost Lady by Willa Cather
    428) Lust For Life by Irving Stone
    429) The Deer Park by Norman Mailer
    430) The Rebel by Albert Camus

    Tony M.