Books: Current & Various: Oct. 22, 1965

MARILYN, THE TRAGIC VENUS by Edwin P. Hoyt. 279 pages. Duell, Sloan & Pearce. $5.95.

Not again! Yes, again the booming Monroe industry has brought forth a book about the star-crossed star. This one, for a change, is quite well written, but Biographer Edwin Hoyt (The Vanderbilts and Their Fortunes) tells the same sick story everybody tells: bastard birth, maternal insanity, preschool rape, foster-family neglect, casting-couch apprenticeship, fanny-flipping fame, dismal marriages, barbiturate addiction, overdosed death. And he reaches the same solemn conclusion: Marilyn was the "innocent" victim of a corrupt society. Now really....

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