The Private Life of An Avid Reader

If you walked into a person’s residence and saw the following book titles lining their bookcases what would be your first impression of the owner?

Sigmund Freud’s Moses and Monotheism, Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, The Bible, James Joyce’s Ulysses, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s  The Great Gatsby, Alexander Dumas’ Camile, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Thomas Seltzer’s Best Russian Short Stories, J. Robert Oppenheimer’s  The Open Mind, Edgar Allan Poe’s Complete Poems, Collected Sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay, William Shakespeare Sonnets and The Poetical Works of John Milton

The first word that comes to mind is eclectic. Cultured.  Well-educated.  It has been said that good books are like honoured guests invited to dinner.  Each one offers their own worldview and moments of enjoyment.

Would it surprise you that the above list is part of over 400 books which this person owned? The person in question was Norma Jean Mortenson born June 1, 1926 and died August 5, 1962 in Los Angeles.

She was known to the world as Marilyn Monroe. One does not associate her lying on a sofa reading one of the above books.

Her public persona was a far cry from her private life.  Like most people on this planet traversing the cosmos she was complex with multiple layers.

In addition she wrote.  If you want to see the real Marilyn Monroe in her own words, there is a book compiled of her writings on various topics.

Fragments gives an intimate look into one of Hollywood’s icon.  Perhaps there will be a film based on the real Norma Jean.

Excerpt from FRAGMENTS

“And the more I think of it

 the more I realize there are no answers

 life is to be lived

 and since it is comparatively so short maybe too short—

maybe too long—

the only thing I know for sure, it isn’t easy…”

G. D. Williams       © 2011

Los Angeles Time


Candle In The Wind: Goodbye Norma Jean


The Telegraph


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