What are the best books from Marilyn Monroe's personal library?

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    Considered one of the greatest 20th-century novels written in English, James Joyce's Ulysses pulls from Greek Mythology to create a modern version staring Ulysses as he journeys through 20th century Ireland. 

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    #2The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 


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    Diana James
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I first read the Great Gatsby in high school as a required novel and it stuck with me into adulthood. Definitely a novel I would have enjoyed regardless of whether or not it was assigned to me. Fitzgerald's writing is timeless, and Gatsby has rightfully become a classic."
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    #3Invisible Man

    Invisible Man

    This book narrates the life of a nameless black man living in the US, how hard it was for him to grow up in a racist town in the South, and how he eventually became leader of the community in New York.


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    Walter Perry
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man shouldn't be confused with H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man. While the sci-fi classic deals with literal invisibility, the unnamed black man who narrates his story in Ellison's novel is only figuratively invisible. We meet him at the end of his story, living in a New York City basement that he's lit up brightly by siphoning power from the utility. Ellison doesn't belabor the metaphor...right from the start, the narrator tells us that it's his status as a black man in mid-century America that renders him effectively invisible. "
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    #4The Prophet

    The Prophet

    The Prophet is a collection of essays written by Khalil Gibran, first published in 1923. The book is divided into 28 chapters that philosophically explore the concepts that govern human life.


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    Diane Riley
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This quotation from the classic book by Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, illustrates why these writings have been popular for so long. This reviewer remembers getting his first copy of the book in Boston during the early 1950's, when it was widely circulated among college students at the time, as well as young adults who were starting out in that decade. It had a fresh take on the institutions of life, and offered that generation a sense of breaking away from convention without being particularly radical. It was a way to be non-conforming, without departing too far from traditional values. This may explain why it surged in popularity in the 1960s, when the generation coming of age at that time had a new kind of permission to break away, yet have a sense of a valid value system at the same time. To read and talk about The Prophet became a quite "cool" thing to do. Gibran's work had been around for a long time, but it is the type of literature that has a way of being rediscovered as each new generation comes along. This is at least partially why it retains its popularity over so many years."
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    #5Death in Venice and Other Tales

    Death in Venice and Other Tales

    Death in Venice and Other Tales is a collection of short stories written by Thomas Mann which tells about the disastrous quest for love and beauty amid degenerating splendor. 


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    Lawrence Diaz
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This was a rather interesting read as it was referred to me by a friend. The book consists of many short stories with rather interesting plots. Main themes of the stories are the issues of looking for love and finding more challenges in trying to do so. I would say that the overarching theme has to do with the bittersweet results of impossible romances. A very good read and definitely a stand out for me as I enjoy reading rather peculiar books like this one."
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    #6On the Road

    On the Road
    On The Road is a semi-autobiographical novel by well-known American beatnik author, Jack Kerouac. It tells the story of two friends on a road trip and their quest for freedom and self-discovery. 

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    Virginia Wallace
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "On The Road is one of the commonly owned book in any serious collection. If you don't have it, get it now."
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    #7Sons and Lovers

    Sons and Lovers
    Sons and Lovers is a novel written by the renowned English author, D.H. Lawrence. It was originally published in 1913 by B.W. Huebsch. It tells the story of a woman who treats her two sons as lovers. 

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    Lauren Mendoza
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers is the story of a man who has an abnormal relationship with his mother. It's a classic that's stood the test of time for a reason: it's well written, the characters are well developed, it's odd and intense but very compelling. I enjoyed it a great deal."
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    #8A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire is Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer-winning play about Blanche DuBois and her attempt to have a normal life while living with her sister Stella and her abusive husband Stanley Kowalski.                                                     


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    Jack Sims
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I admire this book deeply since there is so much going on underneath the surface of a dialogue. The character of Blanche is deeply rooted in pathos and tragedy because of the deep differences in her opinion on what the world should be and what it actually is. It is relatable to every human at some level."
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    #9The Last Temptation of Christ

    The Last Temptation of Christ
    The Last Temptation of Christ is a historical fiction novel written by Nikos Kazantzakis, first published in 1952. Originally written in Greek, this edition was translated by P.A. Bien. It is a retelling of Jesus's life, according to the Gospel.

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    Kai Long
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "If you like historical fiction, you will love this one by Nikos Kazatzakis. The beginning is a bit slow but as you keep on reading, you start to see the real wonders of Jesus's life told in a very beautiful way."
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    #10The Little Engine That Could

    The Little Engine That Could

    The Little Engine That Could is a children's book about a train written by Watty Piper and illustrated by Doris and George Hauman. It was first published in 1930. 


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    #11The Portable D. H. Lawrence

    The Portable D. H. Lawrence

    The Portable D. H. Lawrence is a book collection of fictional short stories written by D. H. Lawrence as part of the Viking Portable Library. With over 600 pages, this book was published in 1947 by The Viking Press.


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    Zachary Russell
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I liked the wide variety of different poems and short stories in this. Any fan of Lawrence should pick this up."


Best What are the best books from Marilyn Monroe's personal library
1UlyssesBooks 36 Paid
2The Great GatsbyBooks 33 Paid
3Invisible ManBooks 31 Paid
4The ProphetBooks 31 Paid
5Death in Venice and Other TalesBooks 28 Paid
6On the RoadBooks 27 Paid
7Sons and LoversBooks 26 Paid
8A Streetcar Named DesireBooks 24 Paid
9The Last Temptation of ChristBooks 22 Paid
10The Little Engine That Could Books 22 Paid

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