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Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil (Icons of America) e-book

Author:

Jerome Charyn

Language:

English

Category:

Memoris

Subcategory:

Historical

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1573 kb

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Rating:

4.6

Publisher:

Yale University Press; First Edition, 1st Printing edition (March 8, 2011)

Pages:

192

ISBN:

0300123280

Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil (Icons of America) e-book

by Jerome Charyn


-Randy Roberts, Distinguished Professor of History, Purdue University. Randy Roberts 2010-11-29).

-Randy Roberts, Distinguished Professor of History, Purdue University. elegantly written and moving book.

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Now, Jerome Charyn restores the image of this American icon, looking at DiMaggio's life in a more sympathetic light. DiMaggio was a man of extremes, superbly talented on the field but privately insecure, passive and dysfunctional. He never understood that for Monroe, on her own complex and tragic journey, marriage was a career move; he remained passionately committed to her throughout his life. He fell into the web of Morris Engelberg, who turned him into a sports memorabilia money machine. DiMaggio was a man of extremes, superbly talented on the field but privately insecure, passive, and dysfunctional. As the New York Yankees' star centerfielder from 1936 to 1951, Joe DiMaggio is enshrined in America's memory as the epitome in sports of grace, dignity, and that ineffable quality called "class. But his career after retirement, starting with his nine-month marriage to Marilyn Monroe, was far less auspicious. Writers like Gay Talese and Richard Ben Cramer have painted the private DiMaggio as cruel or self-centered.

Xv, 170 p. ; 22 cm. Examines the life of the baseball player in a new light, as a man who took his marriage to Marilyn Monroe very seriously long after their divorce. Examines the life of the baseball player in a new light, as a man who took his marriage to Marilyn Monroe very seriously long after their divorce, and had trouble finding a new role for himself during his retirement from the sport. Includes bibliographical references (p. 147-159) and index

Joe DiMaggio Joe DiMaggio The Long Vigil Jerome Charyn Published with assistance from the foundation . Printed in the United States of America. Joe DiMaggio : the long vigil, Jerome Charyn

Joe DiMaggio Joe DiMaggio The Long Vigil Jerome Charyn Published with assistance from the foundation established in memory of Philip Hamilton McMillan of the Class of 1894, Yale. Joe DiMaggio : the long vigil, Jerome Charyn. p. cm. - (Icons of America). Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-300-12328-9 (cloth : alk. paper).

This riveting study of Joe DiMaggio offers a more sympathetic look at his life beyond the baseball field, a reversal of how the legendary sports icon has been portrayed in recent years. But his career after retirement, starting with his nine-month marriage to Marilyn Monroe, was far less auspicious

As the New York Yankees' star centerfielder from 1936 to 1951, Joe DiMaggio is enshrined in America's memory as the epitome in sports of grace, dignity, and that ineffable quality called class

As the New York Yankees' star centerfielder from 1936 to 1951, Joe DiMaggio is enshrined in America's memory as the epitome in sports of grace, dignity, and that ineffable quality called class. Now, Jerome Charyn restores the image of this American icon, looking at DiMaggio's life in a more sympathetic light.

As the New York Yankees' star centerfielder from 1936 to 1951, Joe DiMaggio is enshrined in America's memory as the epitome in sports of grace, dignity, and that ineffable quality called "class." But his career after retirement, starting with his nine-month marriage to Marilyn Monroe, was far less auspicious. Writers like Gay Talese and Richard Ben Cramer have painted the private DiMaggio as cruel or self-centered. Now, Jerome Charyn restores the image of this American icon, looking at DiMaggio's life in a more sympathetic light.

DiMaggio was a man of extremes, superbly talented on the field but privately insecure, passive, and dysfunctional. He never understood that for Monroe, on her own complex and tragic journey, marriage was a career move; he remained passionately committed to her throughout his life. He allowed himself to be turned into a sports memorabilia money machine. In the end, unable to define any role for himself other than "Greatest Living Ballplayer," he became trapped in "a horrible kind of minutia." But where others have seen little that was human behind that minutia, Charyn in Joe DiMaggio presents the tragedy of one of American sports' greatest figures.

Brick my own
Charyn's treatment of DiMaggio is sensitive and poignant. Until an improperly treated bone spur in his foot shortened his career Joe was a master of all aspects of the game. Not only because of natural ability but also due to keen analysis. Off the field it was another matter. Charyn handles both aspects with insight and writes beautifully. His love for Marilyn Monroe was doomed from the start and everyone but Joe knew this. His reaction to Robert Kennedy at Yankee Stadium was classic. Head and shoulders above all the other DiMaggio biographies.
Mustard Forgotten
Charyn clearly defines The Clipper's personal devils and odd behavior in a clear and interesting manner. It is hard to put this book down as we dissect Joe's life and strange behaviors.
Hawk Flying
"Jolt'in" Joe DiMaggio ruled center field for the New York Yankees from 1936-1951, and during that time he was revered by all as perhaps the greatest center fielder of all time. Blessed with uncanny speed, grace, and agility, DiMaggio was without peer. His incredible 56-game hitting streak in 1941 perhaps encapsulates his spectacular career better than any record, as it is a record that will likely never be broken. While DiMaggio reigned as king on the baseball diamond, he was a man without purpose or identity after his retirement. He became a recluse, uncommunicative, a stranger in a city that adored him. While reams and reams of paper have been devoted to the baseball exploits of Joe DiMaggio, baseball was not the love of his life. No, baseball came in second to a woman - Marilyn Monroe.

DiMaggio met Marilyn Monroe in 1952 and was absolutely smitten by her vivacious personality and incredible beauty. He pursued her as relentlessly as he pursued fly balls in the Polo Grounds. After a rocky courtship, Monroe agreed to marry the Yankee hero in January of 1954. Unfortunately, it was a marriage that had no foundation and no future. Although DiMaggio loved Marilyn with a silent, overpowering passion that consumed him totally, Marilyn was not a fly ball to be caught and held in the web of DiMaggio's hand. Marilyn was on the rise, while DiMaggio was in retirement; his star fading as Marilyn's went into supernova status. DiMaggio wanted a quiet life alone with his prize wife. Marilyn wanted the world to adore her, and quiet nights at home watching westerns with Joe were not to her liking. Within 9 months Marilyn sought and won a divorce from the bewildered DiMaggio. DiMaggio never remarried. He withdrew into himself, withdrawing from friends as well. And yet he never forgot Marilyn. His passion for her never abated, divorce or not. When Marilyn subsequently divorced from her "genius" playwright Arthur Miller, it was DiMaggio who consoled her and helped her regain emotional stability. And at the end of Marilyn's chaotic life, it was again DiMaggio who sought out the troubled, drug-addicted Marilyn and tried to bring her back from the abyss. She agreed to marry him again, and the date was set for August 8th, 1962. Fate intervened again however, and instead of marrying the love of his life, he buried her, Marilyn dying of an apparent suicide three days before.

Fresh flowers were placed on Marilyn Monroe's grave each week - a promise Joe made to Marilyn shortly after they were married. The flowers were placed week after week, year after year, a testimony to his intense love for this woman. The flowers were a greater testimony to Joe's passion and commitment than his 56-game hitting streak.

This is a sad book. Aptly entitled "The Long Vigil", author Jerome Charyn, captures the lonely, singular existence of baseball's hero Joe DiMaggio from his retirement to his death from lung cancer in 1999. The book shows DiMaggio behind the facade of the famous baseball hero. In Charyn's book, DiMaggio is a real person, a person with surprising insecurities, a man of intense privacy. DiMaggio is revealed not as the confident baseball legend, but as a man who loved a woman and could not possess her, could not own her as he desired. As Paul Simon so famously sang, "Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?" the doleful answer is found here in this book.

Highly recommended to all fans of baseball, but especially to the baseball fan who wants to see the real person behind the facade of baseball statistics, hitting streaks, and home runs. I read it straight through, not being able to put it down. I believe you will find it just as engrossing.

kone
superstar
It would have been a better book if it was written by someone that didn't have an axe to grind, like Jerome Charyn seemed to have.
Cobyno
I don't really care much for baseball despite living in the heart of Cardinal country (St. Louis), but I was willing to take a chance on Jerome Charyn's book just for the fact that Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe are namesakes in our country's pop culture and entertainment history. Though I appreciate both of them, I sheepishly admit I knew very little about their relationship so I thought Charyn's bio of Joe would be a nice quick read to learn more. And indeed I did.

Joe came into popularity after Babe Ruth, but unlike the Babe he didn't take to the limelight. He was quiet, concentrated, and very reserved. Despite having a lot to be proud of for the records he set in the game, he kept his pride to himself. Even after he retired, he passed right out of the spotlight like it didn't even phase him. And yet it prompted attention like that of Paul Simon who immortalized Joe in the song Mrs. Robinson by asking, "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you."

It's obvious to understand why fans loved and embraced him so much. Charyn begins his book with a brief history of how DiMaggio entered the game and set up court. But DiMaggio was a very different kind of celebrity. We see an almost solemn Joe going off to war and returning to the game fighting off physical injuries. The game was moving forward with or without him, and Joe was becoming another etch in the record and history books. Enter Marilyn Monroe.

Charyn gives you a true sense that Joe really loved Monroe and was even obsessed with her. But their brief and abusive relationship might have been one for the tabloids and Joe wanted no part of that. He couldn't sway Monroe to avoid the camera's eyes either. Charyn gives us a "What if?" making the reader contemplate if Joe could have saved her or not and how history for both of them - and their fans - might have been very different.

I will also admit I'm not much of a lengthy biography reader. I avoid volumes and pages exploring historical figures and celebrities like they are the plague. At just barely 200 pages, this book is a concise and well developed effort giving non-bio readers like me the opportunity to enjoy a good nonfictional read and learn all we need to know.

Charyn is to be commended for a nice and intriguing read that definitely kept a non-ball player interested. Whether you are a fan of baseball, the Yankees, "Dimagg," or good ole Norma Jean, this book has a little bit of everything for everyone.

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