The many books in Marilyn Monroe’s Personal Library

Let’s Make Love by Matthew Andrews
How To Travel Incognito by Ludwig Bemelmans
To The One I Love Best by Ludwig Bemelmans
Thurber Country by James Thurber
The Fall by Albert Camus
Marilyn Monroe by George Carpozi
Camille by Alexander Dumas
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming
The Art Of Loving by Erich Fromm
The Prophet by Kahlil Gilbran
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Last Temptation Of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
Selected Poems by DH Lawrence
Sons And Lovers by DH Lawrence
The Portable DH Lawrence by 
Etruscan Places by DH Lawrence
DH Lawrence: A Basic Study Of His Ideas by Mary Freeman
The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud
Death in Venice and Other Stories by Thomas Mann
Last Essays by Thomas Mann
The Thomas Mann Reader by 
Hawaii by James Michener
Red Roses For Me by Sean O’Casey
I Knock At The Door by Sean O’Casey
Selected Plays by Sean O’Casey
The Green Crow by Sean O’Casey
Golden Boy by Clifford Odets
Clash By Night by Clifford Odets
The Country Girl by Clifford Odets
Plays by Clifford Odets
The Cat With 2 Faces by Gordon Young
Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill
Part Of A Long Story: Eugene O’Neill As A Young Man In Love by Agnes Boulton
The Little Engine That Could by Piper Watty
The New Joy Of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer
Selected Plays Of George Bernard Shaw by 
Ellen Terry And Bernard Shaw – A Correspondence by 
Bernard Shaw & Mrs Patrick Campbell – Their Correspondence by 
The Short Reigh Of Pippin IV by John Steinbeck
Once There Was A War by John Steinbeck
Set This House On Fire by William Styron
Lie Down In Darkness by William Styron
The Roman Spring Of Mrs Stone by Tennessee Williams
Camino Real by Tennessee Williams
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
The Flower In Drama And Glamour by Stark Young

American Literature

Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Story Of A Novel by Thomas Wolfe
Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe
A Stone, A Leaf, A Door by Thomas Wolfe
Thomas Wolfe’s Letters to His Mother, Julia Elizabeth Wolfe by (author) Thomas Wolfe , edited by John S Terry
A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
The American Claimant & Other Stories & Sketches by Mark Twain
In Defense of Harriet Shelley & Other Essays by Mark Twain
The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Magic Christian by Terry Southern
A Death In The Family by James Agee
The War Lover by John Hersey
Don’t Call Me By My Right Name & Other Stories by James Purdy
Malcolm by James Purdy


The Summing Up by W. Somerset Maugham
Close To Colette by Maurice Goudeket
This Demi-Paradise by Margaret Halsey
God Protect Me From My Friends by Gavin Maxwell
Dance To The Piper by Agnes DeMille
Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It by Mae West
Act One by Moss Hart

European Poetry

A Shropshire Lad by A.E. Houseman
The Poetry & Prose Of Heinrich Heine by Frederich Ewen
The Poetical works Of John Milton, by H.C. Beeching
The Poetical Works Of Robert Browning by 
Wordsworth by Richard Wilbur
The Poetical Works Of Shelley by Richard Wilbur
The Portable Blake, by William Blake
William Shakespeare: Sonnets, ed. Mary Jane Gorton by 
Poems Of Robert Burns, ed. Henry Meikle & William Beattie by 
The Penguin Book Of English Verse, ed. John Hayward by 
Aragon: Poet Of The French Resistance, by Hannah Josephson & Malcolm Cowley
Star Crossed by Margaret Tilden

American Poetry

Collected Sonnets by Edna St Vincent Millay
Robert Frost’s Poems by Louis Untermeyer
Poe: Complete Poems by Richard Wilbur
The Life And Times Of Archy And Mehitabel by Don Marquis
The Pocketbook Of Modern Verse by Oscar Williams
Poems by John Tagliabue
Selected Poems by Rafael Alberti
Selected Poetry by Robinson Jeffers
The American Puritans: Their Prose & Poetry, by Perry Miller
Selected Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke
Poet In New York by Federico Garcia Lorca
The Vapor Trail by Ivan Lawrence Becker
Love Poems & Love Letters For All The Year by 
100 Modern Poems by Selden Rodman
The Sweeniad, by Myra Buttle


The Potting Shed by Graham Greene
Politics In The American Drama by Caspar Nannes
Sons Of Men by Herschel Steinhardt
Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin
Untitled & Other Radio Drams by Norman Corwin
Thirteen By Corwin, by Norman Corwin
More By Corwin, by Norman Corwin
Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill
Best American Plays: Third Series, 1945-1951
Theatre ’52 by John Chapman
16 Famous European Plays by Bennett Cerf
The Complete Plays Of Henry James by 
20 Best Plays Of The Modern American Theatre by John Glassner
Elizabethan Plays by Hazelton Spencer
Critics’ Choice by Jack Gaver
Modern American Dramas by Harlan Hatcher
The Album Of The Cambridge Garrick Club by Cambridge Garrick Club


What Is A Jew? by Morris Kertzer
A Partisan Guide To The Jewish Problem, by Milton Steinberg
The Tales Of Rabbi Nachman, by Martin Buber
The Saviours Of God: Spiritual Exercises, by Nikos Kazantzakis
The Prophet by Kahlil Gilbran
The Dead Sea Scrolls by Millar Burrows
The Secret Books Of The Egyptian Gnostics by Jean Doresse
Jesus by Kahlil Gilbran
Memories Of A Catholic Girlhood, by Mary McCarthy
Why I Am Not A Christian, by Bertrand Russell

Christian Science
Science And Health With Key To The Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
Poems, Including Christ And Christmas by Mary Baker Eddy

The Form of Daily Prayers
Sephath Emeth (Speech Of Truth): Order Of Prayers For The Wholes Year In Jewish and English
The Holy Scriptures According To The Masoretic Text

The Magic Word L.I.D.G.T.T.F.T.A.T.I.M. by Robert Collier
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
His Brother’s Keeper by Milton Gross
Christliches ergissmeinnicht by K. Ehmann
And It Was Told Of A Certain Potter by Walter C. Lanyon
Bahai Prayers

​Foreign Language Texts

An Mands Ansigt by Arthur Miller
Independent People by Halldor Laxness
Mujer by Lina Rolan
The Havamal  by  D. E. Martin Clarke
Yuan Mei: 18th Century Chinese Poet by Arthur Waley
Almanach: Das 73 Jahr by S. Fischer Verlag


The Sawbwa And His Secretary by C.Y. Lee
The Twain Shall Meet by Christopher Rand
Kingdom Of The Rocks by Consuelo De Saint-Exupery
The Heart Of India by Alexander Campbell
Man-Eaters Of India by Jim Corbett
Jungle Lore by Jim Corbett
My India by Jim Corbett
A Time In Rome by Elizabeth Bowen
London by Jacques Boussard
Russian Journey by William O. Douglas
The Golden Bough by James G. Frazer


Renoir by Albert Skira
Max by Giovannetti Pericle
The Family Of Man by Carl Sandburg
Jean Dubuffet by Daniel Cordier


How To Do It, Or, The Art Of Lively Entertaining by Elsa Maxwell
Wake Up, Stupid by Mark Harris
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year by Phyllis McGinley
The Hero Maker by Akbar Del Piombo & Norman Rubington
How To Talk At Gin by Ernie Kovacs
VIP Tosses A Party, by Virgil Partch
Who Blowed Up The House & Other Ozark Folk Tales by Randolph Vance
Snobs by Russell Lynes


Bound For Glory by Woody Guthrie
The Support Of The Mysteries by Paul Breslow
Paris Blues by Harold Flender
The Shook-Up Generation by Harrison E. Salisbury

Gardening & Pets

Landscaping Your Own Home by Alice Dustan
The Forest And The Sea by Marston Bates
Pet Turtles by Julien Bronson
A Book About Bees by Edwin Way Teale
Codfish, Cats & Civilisation by Gary Webster


Baby & Child Care by Dr Benjamin Spock
Flower Arranging For Fun by Hazel Peckinpaugh Dunlop
Roget’s Pocket Thesaurus by C.O. Mawson & K.A. Whiting

Scripts And Readings

Medea by Jeffers Robinson
Antigone by Jean Anouilh
Bell, Book And Candle by John Van Druten
The Women by Clare Boothe
Jean Of Lorraine by Maxwell Anderson


The Law by Roger Vailland
The Building by Peter Martin
The Mermaids by Boros
They Came To Cordura by Glendon Swarthout
The 7th Cross by Anna Seghers
A European Education by Romain Gary
Strike For A Kingdom by Menna Gallie
The Slide Area by Gavin Lambert
The Woman Who Was Poor by Leon Bloy
Green Mansions by W.H. Hudson
The Contenders by John Wain
The Best Of All Worlds, Or, What Voltaire Never Knew by Hans Jorgen Lembourn
The Story Of Esther Costello by Nicholas Montsarrat
Oh Careless Love by Maurice Zolotow
Add A Dash Of Pity by Peter Ustinov
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
The Mark Of The Warrior by Paul Scott
The Dancing Bear by Edzard Schaper
Miracle In The Rain by Ben Hecht
The Guide by R.K. Narayan
Blow Up A Storm by Garson Kanin
Jonathan by Russell O’Neill
Fowlers End by Gerald Kersh
Hurricane Season by Ralph Winnett
The un-Americans by Alvah Bessie
The Devil’s Advocate by Morris L. West
On Such A Night by Anthony Quayle
Say You Never Saw Me by Arthur Nesbitt
All The Naked Heroes by Alan Kapener
Jeremy Todd by Hamilton Maule
Miss America by Daniel Stren
Fever In The Blood by William Pearson
Spartacus by Howard Fast
Venetian Red by L.M. Pasinetti
A Cup Of Tea For Mr Thorgill by Storm Jameson
Six O’Clock Casual by Henry W. Cune
Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong
The Gingko Tree by Sheelagh Burns
The Mountain Road by Theodore H. White
Three Circles Of Light by Pietro Di Donato
The Day The Money Stopped by Brendan Gill
The Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins
Justine by Lawrence Durrell
Balthazar by Lawrence Durrell
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett
Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Dog by Dylan Thomas
Hear Us O Lord From Heaven Thy Dwelling Place, by Malcolm Lowry

​Russian Literature

Redemption & Other Plays by Leo Tolstoy
The Portable Chekhov
The House Of The Dead, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Best Russian Short Stories : The Best of Russian Literature
The Plays Of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
Smoke by Ivan Turgenev
The Poems, Prose & Plays Of Alexander Pushkin by Alexander Pushkin
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

French Literature

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Works Of Rabelais by Francois Rabelais
The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust
Cities Of The Plain by Marcel Proust
Within A Budding Grove by Marcel Proust
The Sweet Cheat Gone by Marcel Proust
The Captive by Marcel Proust
Nana by Emile Zola
Plays by Moliere

Classic Literature

Peace by Aristophanes
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Of The Nature Of Things by Lucretius
Plato: The Complete Works
Mythology by Edith Hamilton
Theory Of Poetry And Fine Art by Aristotle
Metaphysics by Aristotle
Plutarch’s Lives, Vols 3-6 only (of 6) by William and John Langhorne


Man Against Himself by Karl A. Menninger
The Tower And The Abyss by Erich Kahler
Something To Live By, by Dorothea S. Kopplin
Man’s Supreme Inheritance by Alexander F. Matthias
The Miracles Of Your Mind by Joseph Murphy
The Wisdom Of The Sands by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A Prison, A Paradise by Loran Hurnscot
The Magic Of Believing by Claude M. Bristol
Peace Of Mind by Joshua Loth Liebman
The Use Of The Self by Alexander F. Matthias
The Power Within You by Claude M. Bristol
The Call Girl by Harold Greenwald
Troubled Women by Lucy Freeman
Relax And Live by Joseph A. Kennedy
Forever Young, Forever Healthy by Indra Devi
The Open Self by Charles Morris
Hypnotism Today by Leslie Lecron & Jean Bordeaux
The Masks Of God: Primitive Mythology, by Joseph Campbell
Some Characteristics Of Today by Rudolph Steiner

Sigmund Freud

The Life And Work of Sigmund Freud by Ernest Jones
Letters Of Sigmund Freud
Glory Reflected by Martin Freud
Moses And Monotheism by Sigmund Freud
Conditioned Reflex Therapy by Andrew Salter


Democracy In America by Alexis De Tocqueville
The Wall Between
 by Anne Braden
The Roots Of American Communism by Theodore Draper
A View Of The Nation – An Anthology : 1955-1959 by Henry Christian
A Socialist’s Faith by Norman Thomas
Rededication To Freedom by Benjamin Ginzburg
The Ignorant Armies by E.M. Halliday
Commonwealth Vs Sacco & Vanzetti by Robert P. Weeks
Journey To The Beginning by Edgar Snow
Das Kapital by Karl Marx
Lidice by Eleanor Wheeler
The Study Of History by Arnold Toynbee
America The Invincible by Emmet John Hughes
The Unfinished Country by Max Lerner
Red Mirage by John O’Kearney
The Failure Of Success by Esther Milner
A Piece Of My Mind by Edmund Wilson
The Truth About The Munich Crisis by Viscount Maugham
The Alienation Of Modern Man by Fritz Pappenheim
A Train Of Powder by Rebecca West
Report From Palermo by Danilo Dolci
The Devil In Massachusetts by Marion Starkey
American Rights: The Constitution In Action, by Walter Gellhorn
Night by Francis Pollini
The Right Of The People by William Douglas
The Jury Is Still Out by Irwin Davidson and Richard Gehman
First Degree by William Kunstler
World Underworld by Andrew Varna


Our Knowledge Of The External World by Bertrand Russell
Common Sense And Nuclear Warfare by Bertrand Russell
Out Of My Later Years by Albert Einstein
Men And Atoms by William Laurence
Man Alive by Daniel Colin Munro
Doctor Pygmalion by Maxwell Maltz
Panorama: A New Review by R.F. Tannenbaum
Everyman’s Search by Rebecca Beard
Of Stars And Men by Harlow Shapley
From Hiroshima To The Moon, by Daniel Lang
The Open Mind by J. Robert Oppenheimer
Sexual Impotence In The Male by Leonard Paul Wershub


The Portable Poe by Edgar Allen Poe
The Portable Walt Whitman by Walter Whitman
Bedside Book Of Famous Short Stories by 
Short Novels Of Colette by 
The Passionate Playgoer by George Oppenheimer
Fancies And Goodnights by John Collier
The Medal & Other Stories by Luigi Pirandello


Beethoven: His Spiritual Development by J.W.N. Sullivan
Music For The Millions by David Ewen
Schubert by Ralph Bates
Men Of Music by Wallace Brockaway

Modern Library

The Sound And The Fury/As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
God’s Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell
The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill
The Philosophy Of Schopenhauer by Irwin Edman
The Philosophy Of Spinoza by Joseph Ratner
The Dubliners by James Joyce
Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson
The Collected Short Stories by Dorothy Parker
Selected Works by Alexander Pope
The Red And The Black by Stendhal
The Life Of Michelangelo by John Addington
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
Three Famous French Romances by W. Somerset Maugham
Napoleon by Emil Ludwig
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Poems And Fairy-Tales by Oscar Wilde
The Hunting Of The Snark by Lewis Carroll
A High Wind In Jamaica by Richard Hughes

​Women Authors

The Portable Dorothy Parker
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather
The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers
The Little Disturbances Of Man by Grace Paley

Other Books Reportedly Read

The Autobiography Of Lincoln Steffens by 
Carl Sandburg’s 12-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln by 
The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Poems Of W.B. Yeats by W.B. Yeats
Mr Roberts by Joyce Cary
The Thinking Body by Mabel Elsworth Todd
The Actor Prepares by Konstantin Stanislavsky
The Bible by 
The Biography Of Eleanora Duse, by William Weaver
Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Gertrude Lawrence As Mrs A, by Richard Aldrich
Goodnight Sweet Prince by Gene Fowler
Greek Mythology by Edith Hamilton
How Stanislavsky Directs by Mikhail Gorchakov
I Married Adventure by Olso Johnson
The Importance Of Living by Lin Yutang
Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Psychology Of Everyday Life by Sigmund Freud
The Rains Came by Louis Broomfield
The Rights Of Man by Thomas Paine
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
To The Actor by Michael Chekhov
Captain Newman, M.D. by Leo Calvin Rosten
Songs For Patricia by Norman Rosten
A Lost Lady by Willa Cather
Lust For Life by Irving Stone
The Deer Park by Norman Mailer
The Rebel by Albert Camus