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August 5, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe‘s passing — and since this blog focuses on books and writing, today we’d like celebrate her love of reading. Marilyn’s personal library contained 400 volumes on a wide range of topics — including science, philosophy, religion, and politics. She was fond of novels by Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Steinbeck, and an avid reader of poetry and works of drama. Find a list of 261  books in Marilyn’s collection here.

Photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt.