Writing about MM-Personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe by Lois Banner and photos by Mark Anderson, which Abrams will publish in March, the doyenne of gossip writes:
…the overall vibe of the book is wrenching, because it clarifies Monroe’s humanity, her working life, her normal day-to-day existence. She didn’t lurch around every single moment in a drug-induced coma. She had a vital — if troubled —existence. She wrote to her stepchildren by Arthur Miller (in the voice of the family dog, Hugo) and she wrote to Isadore Miller, even after she had divorced his son, Arthur.
While Lois Banner’s introduction to the book revises the previous understanding of Monroe, Lois’s upcoming definitive biography of her, tentatively titled AN UNCOMMON WOMAN: Marilyn Monroe as an American Icon of Passion and Power, will be published by Bloomsbury here and in the UK simultaneously to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Monroe’s death in August 2012.