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What Was On Marilyn Monroe’s Reading List?

The iconic actress Marilyn Monroe may have played the role of a ditzy blonde in many films, but she was actually quite the bookworm whose reading preferences included books by James Joyce and Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Open Culture has more: “Once married to playwright Arthur Miller, Monroe stocked about 400 books on her shelves, many of which were later catalogued and auctioned off by Christie’s in New York City.”

Library Thing has made a list of 261 titles that were a part of Monroe’s personal library. Books on the list include: Out Of My Later Years by Albert Einstein; Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert; The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner; as well as poetry collections from Robert Frost, John Milton, and Edgar Allan Poe, among others. (Via Gothamist).

UPDATE: An earlier version of this post misspelled Edgar Allan Poe’s name.

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Marilyn Monroe Bookshelf & Pitching GalleyCat

We are proud to present the October 2010 Print(out) Edition of GalleyCat Reviews for your weekend reading pleasure–a monthly collection of our best book review content. Embedded below, our October edition contains all sorts of goodies–from Marilyn Monroe‘s bookshelf to the best of the best book lists to a short primer on how to pitch your book to GalleyCat.

Now you can read all of our reviews, essays, round-ups, recommendations, links, and Twitter directories in a single printable document. Thanks to the magic of, you to take GalleyCat Reviews on the road. The whole document is embedded below and you can read it all at this link.

With this special monthly edition, you can read GCR, print GCR, or download GCR to your favorite reading device. If you want more print-able goodness, check out our these other links:

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GalleyCat Confidential: How To Pitch Us Your Book

This afternoon, GalleyCat joined Bloomberg News book review editor Laurie Muchnick, Library Journal book review editor Heather McCormack, and Publishers Weekly children’s book editor Diane Roback on the Book Reviewer Panel for the Young to Publishing Group. We wanted to follow up with some helpful links for all authors, publicists, and publishing folk contacting GalleyCat.

Kate Childs (the executive assistant to the president & publisher of Random House Publishing Group) tweeted the entire event and took the picture embedded above and the panel was moderated by Newmarket Press sales & marketing coordinator Haley Pierson-Cox.

Most importantly, we urged everybody to use GalleyCat’s “New Books” page on Facebook. We use this page to create our Coming Attractions features and organize our book review coverage.  Want to include your book? Just follow the easy directions on our Facebook Your New or Upcoming Book post.

We also stressed GalleyCat’s constant push for inclusiveness, from to sponsoring the Book Pitch Party next month to our new book  giveaway contests to our massive Book Reviewers on Twitter list–we hope to keep the GalleyCat community growing.

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Marilyn Monroe’s Bookshelf, Dr. Seuss’ Rejected Manuscript & Man Booker Winner: Weekend Reading

As we head home for the weekend, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of publishing headlines to keep you busy. Email GalleyCat to get all our publishing stories, book deal news, videos, podcasts, interviews, and writing advice in a daily email newsletter.

We launched a new set of writer resources and extended our Book Pitch Contest–enter to win a free ticket to the eBook Summit in December.

We introduced you to seven authors who wrote while nude.

We took a peek at Marilyn Monroe‘s extremely literary bookshelf.

We covered , where we found out more about a publisher rescuing newspaper comics from oblivion (in the video embedded above).

GalleyCat readers voted to get their favorite author on Dancing with the Stars.

We explained why you shouldn’t click ‘Free Public Wifi’ networks while writing remotely.

Depression-era author, artist, and publisher Lynd Ward showed us ‘The Pleasure That Only Books Can Give.’

Two journalist shopped books about the Chilean miners’ ordeal.

National Book Award finalists were  announced for 2010.

An unpublished Dr. Seuss manuscript resurfaced at an auction.

We reported that adult hardcover sales sagged 24.4 percent in August.

Howard Jacobson won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question

Still want more? Check out our Weekend Reading archives.

Marilyn Monroe and Her Literary Bookshelf

Tomorrow Farrar, Straus and Giroux will release Fragments, a collection of  “poems, intimate notes, and letters” by Marilyn Monroe. The glossy title brims with pictures and references to the many books in Monroe’s life.

We nabbed an advance copy, and made a list collecting some of the modern literary classics that graced the great actress’ bookshelf for GalleyCat Reviews. The complete list follows below.

Here’s more about the book: “Fragments is an unprecedented collection of written artifacts—notes to herself, letters, even poems—in Marilyn’s own handwriting, never before published, along with rarely seen intimate photos. These bits of text—jotted in notebooks, typed on paper, or written on hotel letterhead—reveal a woman who loved deeply and strove to perfect her craft. They show a Marilyn Monroe unsparing in her analysis of her own life, but also playful, funny, and impossibly charming.”

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Marilyn Monroe Writings to be Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

mmsecret.pngIn October, Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish Fragments, a collection of writings by the late, great Marilyn Monroe. The collection will include poems, letters, photos, and other writings.

Anna Strasberg–who handles the Marilyn Monroe estate–brought some “never-before-seen writings” to family friend Stanley Buchthal and Editions du Seuil editor Bernard Comment. The pair served as editors on the collection. The Monroe bookshelf is growing this year. In September, the Hachette imprint Grand Central Publishing will release J. Randy Taraborrelli‘s The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (pictured).

Here’s more from the release: “[It is] a work unique on the shelf of books about Marilyn Monroe: a collection of her own writings that reveals a very different side to a great star. Fragments will also contain a small collection of rarely seen photographs as well as reproductions of selected documents-mostly handwritten in Monroe’s own hand, some of them typed.”