Marilyn Monroe, in her own words

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On Tuesday, publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux announced that it would be publishing Marilyn Monroe’s writings in a new book, ‘Fragments,’ this fall.

‘She was a great reader and someone with real writing flair,’ editor Courtney Hodell told the Associated Press. ‘There are fragments of poetry that are really quite beautiful, lines that stop you in your tracks.’


Monroe was married three times: to James Dougherty, four years her senior when she was just 16; later, to baseball great Joe DiMaggio; and then to playwright Arthur Miller. Rumors of affairs abound -- particularly one spurred by her sexy birthday song for John F. Kennedy -- and editor Hodell is being tight-lipped about what hints might lie in the upcoming book, saying only, ‘there’s stuff about all of her relationships here.’

Even if the book doesn’t reveal any long-held secrets, chances are Marilyn devotees will still want to pick it up, as it will include a handful of never-before seen Monroe photographs.

-- Carolyn Kellogg