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.
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.
Norman Mailer/Bert Stern.
Art Edition A
Hardcover in clamshell box
with print in portfolio
36,5 x 44 cm
"A book of gargantuan propensities...incalculable in impact...brilliant passages...compulsively
— TIME Magazine, New York, United States
Art Edition of 125 numbered copies, each signed by Bert Stern, and coming with a
pigment print on archival paper, also signed by the photographer.