Mailer’s Marilyn, Reappraised



Alex Carnevale has posted a critical review of Norman Mailer’s 1973 book, Marilyn, over at This Recording:

“He re-enacts Marilyn’s abuse as a child, giving it the texture of fiction, and presents it as a fait accompli…Throughout he styles his portrait in the present tense, reminding his audience of why the genre of literary biography is so intensely small, highlighted as it is by James Frey, Greg Mortensen and Mary Rambin.”

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