It gathers a selection of my best published articles, essays, and blogs about the silent film star. The actress' best known films -- Beggars of Life, Pandora's Box, and Diary of a Lost Girl -- are discussed, as are many other little known aspects of Brooks' legendary career. A few pieces are previously unpublished.
These pieces, some of which goes back 15 years, range from the local ("Louise Brooks, at the corner of Brooklyn Avenue and 16th Street") to the worldly ("Making Personas: Transnational Film Stardom in Modern Japan"), from the provocative ("A Girl in Every Port: The Birth of Lulu?") to the poignant ("Homage to George W. Lighton of Kentucky, idealistic silent film buff who perished in the Spanish Civil War"), from the quirky ("Louise Brooks' First Television Broadcast") to the surprising ("A Lost Girl, a Fake Diary, and a Forgotten Author").
Also included are related interviews with actor Paul McGann, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, novelist Laura Moriarty (author of The Chaperone), and others. The book is 296 pages, with approximately 115,000 words and dozens of illustrations (many little seen).
HERE. It should be listed on Barnes & Noble and Indiebound sometime soon. This English-language book is also available through amazon Canada and England and Australia, as well as on the amazon sites in Mexico and Brazil, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Japan. Get a copy today!
This book, my fourth, is a publication of the Louise Brooks Society. As of now, it is a print-only book, like my earlier books. Do any readers have interest in e-book versions of these titles? I have been thinking about putting them on Kindle.
I am also continuing work on a few other book and non-book projects, and have begun to gather material and assemble a fifth book, a pictorial, tentatively titled Around the World with Louise Brooks: A Multinational and Multilingual Celebration. I hope to have it ready sometime in 2019.