Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy
In Manhattan, the most famous woman in the world can wander the streets unbothered, spend hours at the Met getting lost in art, and afternoons buried in the stacks of the Strand. Marilyn begins to live a life of the mind in New York; she dates Arthur Miller, dances with Truman Capote and drinks with Carson McCullers. Even though she had never lived there before, in New York, Marilyn is home. In Marilyn in Manhattan, the iconic blonde bombshell is not only happy, but successful. She takes classes with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, befriends the greatest actors and writers of her day and most importantly she breaks her contract with Fox Studios to form her own production company, a groundbreaking move that makes her the highest paid actress in history and revolutionises the entertainment industry. Elizabeth Winder has been widely praised for her portrayal of Sylvia Plath, and here she brings to life the most famous actress of all time in a portrait of the artist that is as breathtaking and beautiful as the woman herself. A true love letter to Marilyn, and a joyous portrait of a city bursting with life and art, Marilyn in Manhattan is a lively look at two American treasures: New York and Marilyn Monroe.
"A glittering, poignant tribute to one of America's most stylish icons as well as it's most stylish city."- Kate Betts, New York Times bestselling author of My Paris Dream and Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style"In this thrilling, evocative book, Elizabeth Winder shows us Marilyn at a moment of transition, a Marilyn we've seldom seen before--independent, introspective, curious, and seductive. It's a knockout." -- Luke Barr, author of Provence, 1970: MFK Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard and the Reinvention of American Taste"A beautifully written glimpse into a year in the life of a complicated, brave woman whose keen intelligence and ambition has been largely overshadowed by her iconic beauty. Winder takes the reader on a fascinating and intimate journey with Marilyn that ends all too soon."-- Kate Andersen Brower, New York Times bestselling author of First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies and The Residence Inside the Private World of the White House"Captivating...Winder is a gifted writer and Monroe a fascinating, complex subject; this book will prove nearly impossible to put down for the actress's many fans." -- Publishers Weekly"Illuminating... A touching, textured, and compellingly written slice of the iconic actress's life."--Kirkus"A beautiful love letter to one of the most celebrated icons of all time" -- The Washington Blade
Elizabeth Winder is the author of Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Antioch Review, American Letters, and other publications. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, and earned an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University.