Quotation by Richard Schickel

Hemingway, wrote [Edmund] Wilson, was "his own worst-drawn character," by which we must assume that this hunter-bullfighter-war-loving he-man failed to meet the classic specifications of a literary construct; he had no depth, not enough curious contradictions, represented not a concatenation of qualities but a single one played to the hilt. In short, he was what popular novelists (and movies, of course) give us, a type not an individ ual. It was the same way with Monroe. She had taken her basic bimbo's understanding of the world, and her instinct for leveraging it, and played her bimbohood for all it was worth, just as any popular novelist would have, and for the same reason: it represented her full understanding of the character, the best that she could do with it, and we sensed that she was not cheating or talking down to us through it, even though it read easily and did not tax us as it touched us.
Richard Schickel, U.S. critic. "Super Hero, Super Victim," Intimate Strangers: The Culture of Celebrity, Doubleday (1985).
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