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Andrew O’Hagan: Myths of Marilyn, 8 July 2004

... stories. ‘The myth of Marilyn Monroe derives from the peculiarities of these accounts,’ Sarah Churchwell writes in The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (Granta, £18.99). ‘Their dubious authenticity, their attempts to establish a truth about a mythical figure, their propensity for espousing cultural dogma (and for being sanctimonious while ...

The Road to West Egg

Thomas Powers, 4 July 2013

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of ‘The Great Gatsby’ 
by Sarah Churchwell.
Virago, 306 pp., £16.99, June 2013, 978 1 84408 766 2
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The Great Gatsby 
directed by Baz Luhrmann.
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... wonder’. In Careless People, her new book on the writing of The Great Gatsby, Sarah Churchwell proceeds with a sturdy working theory: that it helps to understand and appreciate the book if you know what went into it. She’s not thinking about all the social and intellectual ferment of Fitzgerald’s early life that made him the man ...

A Rumbling of Things Unknown

Jacqueline Rose: Marilyn Monroe, 26 April 2012

... a new love to each man she loves, provided’ – she added – ‘there are not too many.’ If Sarah Churchwell is right, as she surely is, that the voice of Monroe in My Story reaches us ‘filtered through an all-male coterie of writers, editors and defensively litigious ex-business partners’, let’s just say that in this chapter at least, the ...

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