Marilyn Monroe was an avid reader of poetry and her personal library of over 400 books held works from Milton, Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Shelley. She also enjoyed novels by Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Steinbeck and plays by Tennessee Williams and Seán O'Casey.
If Marilyn Monroe was still alive today and had a Goodreads account, these are some of the books you’d find on her shelves.
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
How to Travel Incognito by Ludwig Bemelmans
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Ulysses by James Joyce
I Knock At the Door by Seán O'Casey
Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Open Mind by J. Robert Oppenheimer
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Roots of American Communism by Theodore Draper
For a list of other books Marilyn Monroe owned and read, see Library Thing. Not all 400 of Monroe’s books are listed, but you’ll see more than half of them here. To learn more about the pop culture icon’s life and death, see episode eleven of Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths, a Parcast Network podcast series.
Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths examines the lives and tragic deaths of people who changed history and influenced pop culture.