What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Steinbeck and Monroe


This amazing bit of history came across my desk today, and I was so enchanted, I couldn’t resist sharing it as a special bonus Friday afternoon treat. It’s very simply a letter from John Steinbeck to Marilyn Monroe asking for a signed photo, the kind of letter I’m sure she received daily by the thousands. But there’s something so genuine and charming and disarming about it, I think it’s really going to stick with me. Now, whenever I think of Steinbeck, this letter will pop up in my memory and make me smile.

Happy Friday, all! (By the way, if you didn’t check out this morning’s post, go do that. It’s a helluva thing!)

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

15 thoughts on “Steinbeck and Monroe

  1. I absolutely love that letter! It is so witty and clever and awkward and sweet all in one. I will need to show this to my oldest son who, having studied Steinbeck last year, thinks he is a exceedingly mopey with zero sense of humour. As an almost irrelevant aside, I posted a letter to William Golding two days before he died. I think the two events were coincidental.

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  2. The letter does show some depth to Steinbeck – and I wonder if he ever got the letter – did she write it?

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  3. Well why not. Surely she responded in a favor of a way.

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  4. I am fairly sure that Marilyn Monroe was indeed composed of celestial ether. I have no idea where John Steinbeck missed that fact!

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  5. I was introduced to Steinbeck by my sophomore English teacher. I devoured his books. The teacher was a cutie, but I absolutely loved Steinbeck’s writing. This letter… very ‘normal’ and sweet is this?! I love it.

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