Three legends

Monroe by Mailer and Stern

TASCHEN has paired Mailer’s original text (his 1973 biography Marilyn) with Bert Stern’s extraordinary photographs—widely considered the most intimate ever taken of Monroe—to create a fitting tribute to the woman who, at the time of her death in 1962, was the world’s most famous, a symbol of glamour and eroticism for an entire generation. But though she was feted and adored by her public, her private life was that of a little girl lost, desperate to find love and security. Mailer’s Marilyn is beautiful, tragic, and complex. As Mailer reflects upon her life—from her bleak childhood through to the mysterious circumstances of her death—she emerges as a symbol of the bizarre decade during which she reigned as Hollywood’s greatest female star.

This book, conceived by Lawrence Schiller, Mailer’s collaborator on five works, combines the author’s masterful text with Stern’s penetrating images of the 36-year-old Marilyn. Photographed for Vogue magazine over three days at the Bel-Air Hotel, Marilyn had never allowed such unfettered access, nor had she looked so breathtakingly beautiful. Six weeks later, mysteriously, she was dead. In this bold synthesis of literary classic and legendary portrait sitting, Mailer and Stern lift the veils of confusion surrounding Monroe—the woman, the star, the sex symbol—and offer profound insight into an iconic figure whose true personality remains an enigma even today.
 
  • Translations of Mailer’s text are available in German (the translation dates from 1992) and now for the first time in Spanish and French
  • Limited to a total of 1,962 numbered copies signed by Bert Stern, this book is available as Collector’s Edition (No. 251-1,962), and also in two Art Editions of 125 copies each (No. 1-250).
Norman Mailer/Bert Stern: Marilyn Monroe
The author:
Norman Mailer (1923–2007) was one of the 20th century’s greatest and most influential writers, as well as one of America’s most renowned and controversial literary figures. The best-selling author of a dozen novels and 20 works of nonfiction, he also wrote stage plays, screenplays, television miniseries, hundreds of essays, two books of poetry, and a collection of short stories. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he lived in Brooklyn, New York, and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The photographer:
Bert Stern (1929–2013) was one of America’s greatest portrait photographers, who during the 1960s produced 200 pages annually for Vogue, as well as many of the most important print and television advertising campaigns. He is best known for his revolutionary print ads for Smirnoff and for his portrait series of Marilyn Monroe, taken just six weeks before her death. Stern lived and worked in New York City.
Norman Mailer/Bert Stern. Marilyn Monroe (Collector's Edition)

Norman Mailer/Bert Stern. Marilyn Monroe

, Bert Stern
Hardcover in clamshell box, 14.4 x 17.3 in., 278 pages
$ 1,000
Edition: English
Availability: In Stock
  • Reviews
“A book of gargantuan propensities...incalculable in impact...brilliant passages...compulsively readable.”
— TIME Magazine, New York, United States
  • See also
Lawrence Schiller. Marilyn & Me, Art Edition A (Collector's Edition)
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Lawrence Schiller. Marilyn & Me. A Memoir in Words & Photographs (Collector's Edition)
Lawrence Schiller. Marilyn & Me. A Memoir in Words & Photographs
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