Sunday, May 19, 2013

Lulu in Hollywood available through Open Library

Lulu in Hollywood is now available as an e-text through Open Library, an online lending library with zillions of books which can be checked out or read online. Lulu in Hollywood is Louise Brooks bestselling  collection of autobiographical essays. It was first published by Knopf in 1982.

The eBook pdf of the text may be found at This version includes William Shawn's original introduction, which was replaced by Kenneth Tynan's famous New Yorker essay, "The Girl in the Black Helmet," in the most recent reprint from the University of Minnesota. (Shawn was the editor at the New Yorker when some of the pieces included in Lulu in Hollywood were first published.)

Also available at Open Library is Three Films of W.C. Fields (Faber & Faber, 1990), which includes an introduction by Brooks, "The Other Face of W. C. Fields." (That essay is included in Lulu in Hollywood.) The eBook pdf of the text may be found at

There are many other swell books on early film available through Open Library. be sure and check it out.

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