Joyce Carol Oates’s “Blonde” Is the Definitive Study of American Celebrity


Published in 2000, Joyce Carol Oates’s “Blonde” was conceived on a grand scale, using the legendary Marilyn Monroe as an emblem of twentieth-century America. The novel opens with a breathless prologue, dated August 3, 1962, the day before Monroe’s death, as a teen-age bike messenger speeds at dusk through the L.A. traffic with a...