A copy of an intriguing letter that caught the attention of social media users was recently shared by Shashi Tharoor, who is particularly active on social media. The Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha representative took to Twitter to share a photo of a letter that Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck wrote to the starlet Marilyn Monroe. The letter, which Tharoor shared, was dated April 28, 1955, and it highlighted the charm Steinbeck had woven into his writing.
In the letter, John Steinbeck had asked Marilyn Monroe to sign a photo of her for his nephew-in-law Jon Atkinson. Steinbeck mentioned in the letter that his wife had told his nephew-in-law that he had met the actress. His nephew assumed he was lying when he learned it. Steinbeck requested Marilyn Monroe for a photograph to use it as evidence. An excerpt from the letter stated,“Would you send him, in my care, a picture of yourself, perhaps in pensive, girlish mood, inscribed to him by name and indicating that you are aware of his existence. He is already your slave. This would make him mine”.
“Sunday delight: One of the most unusual letters I have ever come across from a famous author is this masterpiece from John Steinbeck to the immortal Marilyn Monroe. Every line, sentiment & detail is worth savouring!” Tharoor captioned the post. Take a look at this letter that John Steinbeck wrote to Marilyn Monroe:
Sunday delight: One of the most unusual letters I have ever come across from a famous author is this masterpiece from John Steinbeck to the immortal Marilyn Monroe. Every line, sentiment & detail is worth savouring! pic.twitter.com/War9zqDppf
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) November 6, 2022
Furthermore, Steinbeck even offered Monroe “a guest key to the ladies’ door of Fort Knox.” “If you will do this, I will send you a guest key to the ladies’ entrance of Fort Knox and, furthermore, I will like you very much,” He promised in the letter.
This letter, which was reportedly found among Monroe’s belongings after her death, was sold at auction in 2016 for $3,520 (nearly Rs 2.9 lakh). Lee Strasberg, Marilyn Monroe’s acting coach, and wife Anna Strasberg, who received a 75% share of the actress’s assets and intellectual property, put the letter up for sale.