Some individuals are so iconic, their fame so omnipresent and overwhelming, that we assume we know all there is to know about them. With the exception of her tragic passing and the mystery and fascination that continue to surround it, Marilyn Monroe was one such celebrity. From her birth as Norma Jeane Baker and her famed serenade of President John F. Kennedy on his 45th birthday to the countless biographies and films that have been made about her life since her passing, Marilyn Monroe is a star as familiar to audiences today as she was to those who lined up to see her shine in 'The Seven Year Itch.'

But with the publication of never-before-seen diaries, letters and poems, a whole new Marilyn is about to be revealed, and she is far removed from the bubbly-but-troubled dumb blonde we thought we knew. Instead, a surprisingly intelligent, cultured woman consumed by both profound sadness and optimism steps into the spotlight in 'Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marilyn Monroe.'