Stunning, alluring, and ultimately tragic, the Some Like It Hot and The Seven Year Itch actress, Marilyn Monroe, was more than a blonde bombshell, Hollywood star, singer, and sex symbol.
Marilyn Monroe was an avid reader.
The 430 books found in Marilyn Monroe’s library contained a vast variety of subjects and genres.
Marilyn Monroe said, “If I play a stupid girl and ask a stupid question, I’ve got to follow it through, what am I supposed to do, look intelligent?”
Here’s a sampling of Marilyn Monroe’s favorite books.
Mythology by Edith Hamilton
Roughing It by Mark Twain
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud by Ernest Jones
Landscaping Your Own Home by Alice Dustan
How to Do It, Or, The Art of Lively Entertaining by Elsa Maxwell
Balthazar by Lawrence Durrell
Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lust for Life by Irving Stone
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
The Sound and the Fury/ As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Another Hollywood star Audrey Hepburn loved to read books.
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Jane Austen read and included many literary allusions in her novels.
The 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was an avid reader. Here is a sampling of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite books.
If may not be surprising that Albert Einstein loved to read, but you may be surprised by some of his favorite books. Check out Albert Einstein’s reading list.
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