On The Passing OF Artthur MIller

Ronald Thoman rgthoman at earthlink.net
Wed Feb 16 10:43:58 EST 2005

Regarding this fun and classy exchange, and sort of relevent to Valentines
Day and authors and all that, let us recall that in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS,
when her brother Fred got killed, Holly Golightly, in "keen sudden
un-Holly-like enthusiasm" bought a complete set of Modern Library books as
part of her "several un-Holly-like purchases."  That's documented on p.76
of the 1994 ML edition of B at Ts.

That would be, presumably a set from 1958 or before, since that's when the
book was published.

Now I wonder what that complete set would have cost, and more importantly,
I wonder whatever happened to it?  Anyone seen it on EBay?  That would be

Ron Thoman

> [Original Message]
> From: John Krygier <jbkrygier at owu.edu>
> To: <modlib at algol.owu.edu>
> Date: 2/14/05 10:38:49 PM
> Subject: Re: On The Passing OF Artthur MIller
> On Feb 13, 2005, at 3:08 PM, GORDON NEAVILL wrote:
> > I've heard the Marilyn Monroe-Modern Library story for
> > years, but I've never seen any documentation for it--even in
> > Arthur Miller's autobiography, which I skimmed looking for
> > references to the ML.  About a year and a half ago I asked
> > an acquaintance who was visiting Arthur Miller to ask him
> > about it, but I don't think he ever did.
> >
> > If anyone can cite a reference linking Marilyn Monroe to the
> > Modern Library, I'd love to know  about it!
> "Last week, after an absence of more than a year, Marilyn was back
> at work.  Early in 1955 she had walked out on Hollywood.  'I want
> some respect,' she huffed at the world in general, and off she
> flounced to New York.  Her studio bosses hastily offered her more
> money.  'I don't care about money,' she said.  'I want better parts
> and better directors.  i want to be an actress.'"
> "Hollywood snickered.  'Act?' sneered one of Marilyn's directors.
> 'That blonde can't act her way out of a Whirlpool bra.'  Cocktail
> parties were convulsed with the news that Marilyn was holed up in
> Manhattan with the entire Modern Library, and had sworn she would
> not unlock the door until she was cultured."
> "To Aristophanes and Back" Time Magazine, May 14, 1956 (p. 74)
> -------
> ...I started buying Modern Library books with the money I made
> writing for the newspaper, and I pledged to myself, as Marilyn
> Monroe had, that I would read them all, and in alphabetical order...
> "A Texas Education" Willie Morris, Commentary Magazine, Vol. 42, no. 2,
> August 1966
> -------
> So, Marilyn dug into the Modern Library BEFORE Arthur, indeed,
> the rest of the Time Magazine article notes that after her break
> from acting she took a literature class and began to hang out with
> poet Edith Sitwell, Elia Kazan, the Strasbergs, and Arthur Miller.
> In a way, then, the Modern Library led Marilyn to Arthur.
> Anyone else out there (on this Valentines Day) find their significant
> other via the Modern Library?
> In any case - the place to look for more on the Modern Library link
> to Marilyn is in her biographies.
> Barry: If you want a copy of the Time Magazine article send me your
> address off list.
> john k.
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