• Marilyn is … genius. Up to now we’ve had mostly contradictory views of Monroe. With his fox’s ingenuity, Mailer puts her together and shows how she might have been torn apart ...

    Marilyn is great as only a great writer using his brains and feelers could make it ... a runaway string of perceptions ... You read him with a heightened consciousness because his performance has zing. It’s the star system in literature; you can feel him bucking for the big time, and when he starts flying it’s so exhilarating you want to applaud ...

    This brilliant book ... a feat.

    The New York Times
  • Fascinating … inspired

    The Sunday Telegraph

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