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Loads more to come! I have more than a few thousand books - lots of film books, lots of history and other non-fiction, lots of cookbooks, mysteries and classics.



Books on Silent Film

  • American Animated Films: The Silent Era, 1897-1929 by Denis Gifford (McFarland - 1990)

  • Aspects of American Film History Prior to 1920 by Anthony Slide (The Scarecrow Press - 1978)

  • Classics of the Silent Screen by Joe Franklin (The Citadel Press - 1959. My copy: eighth paperbound printing, 1976)

  • Eighty Silent Film Stars by George A. Katchmer (McFarland - 1991)

  • Hollywood: The Pioneers by Kevin Brownlow (Alfred A. Knopf - 1979)

  • In the Kingdom of Shadows: A Companion to Early Cinema by Colin Harding and Simon Popple (Cygnus Arts - 1996)

  • Lost Films: Important Movies That Disappeared by Frank Thompson (Citadel Press - 1996)

  • The Parade's Gone By by Kevin Brownlow (University of California Press - 1968)

  • Seductive Cinema: The Art of Silent Film by James Card (Alfred A. Knopf - 1994)

  • The Silent Clowns by Walter Kerr (Alfred A. Knopf - 1975)

  • Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton by John Bengtson (Santa Monica Press - 2000)

  • Silent Era Filmmaking in Santa Barbara by Robert S. Birchard (Arcadia Publishing - 2007)

  • Silent Film Necrology by Eugene Michael Vazzana (McFarland - 1995)

  • Silent Films, 1877-1996 by Robert K. Klepper (McFarland - 1999)

  • Silent Movies: A Picture Quiz Book by Stanley Appelbaum (Dover Publications - 1974)

  • Silent Stars by Jeanine Basinger (Alfred A. Knopf - 1999)

  • Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin by John Bengtson (Santa Monica Press - 2006)

  • The Speed of Sound: Hollywood and the Talkie Revolution 1926-1930 by Scott Eyman (Simon & Schuster - 1997)

  • Twenty Years of Silents 1908 - 1928 compiled by John T. Weaver (The Scarecrow Press - 1971)

  • The War, the West, and the Wilderness by Keven Brownlow (Alfred A. Knopf - 1979)




  • Books on Individual Silent Stars and Filmmakers
  • Buster Keaton: Cut to the Chase by Marion Meade (HarperCollins Publishers - 1995)

  • Buster Keaton: The Man Who Wouldn't Lie Down by Tom Dardis (Penguin Books - 1980. First published Charles Scribner's Sons, 1979)

  • Buster Keaton: My Wonderful World of Slapstick by Buster Keaton and Charles Samuels (Da Capo Paperback - 1982. Originally published Doubleday, 1960)

  • Chaplin: His Life and Art by David Robinson (McGraw-Hill - 1985)

  • Charlie Chaplin: Intimate Close-Ups by Georgia Hale (Scarecrow Press - 1999)

  • Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild by David Stenn (Cooper Square Press - 2000)

  • The Complete Films of Buster Keaton by Jim Kline (Citadel Press - 1993)

  • D.W. Griffith: An American Life by Richard Schickel (Simon and Schuster - 1984)

  • Eisenstein At Work by Jay Leyda & Zina Voynow (Pantheon Books / The Museum of Modenr Art - 1982)

  • The Films of Charlie Chaplin by Gerald D. McDonald, Michael Conway, and Mark Ricci (Citadel Press - 1965)

  • The Films of Laurel and Hardy by William K. Everson (Citadel Press - 1980. First published 1967.)

  • Harold Lloyd: Master Comedian by Jeffrey Vance and Suzanne Lloyd (Harry N. Abrams, Inc. - 2002)

  • Harold Lloyd: The King of Daredevil Comedy by Adam Reilly (Collier Books - 1977)

  • Harold Lloyd: The Man On the Clock by Tom Dardis (The Viking Press - 1983)

  • King of Comedy by Mack Sennett (Mercury House - 1990 paperback edition. Originally published Doubleday, 1954)

  • Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies by Randy Skretvedt (Moonstone Press - 1987)

  • Lillian Gish: Her Legend, Her Life by Charles Affron (Scribner - 2001)

  • Louise Brooks: Portrait of an Anti-Star edited by Roland Jaccard, English translation by Gideon Y. Schein (New York Zoetrope - 1986. Originally published 1982 Editions Pehbus)

  • Lulu in Hollywood by Louise Brooks (Alfred A. Knopf - 1982)

  • Mabel: Hollywood's First I-Don't-Care Girl by Betty Harper Fussell (Ticknor & Fields - 1982)

  • Marion Davies by Fred Lawrence Guiles (McGraw-Hill - 1972)

  • Mary Pickford: America's Sweetheart by Scott Eyman (Donald I. Fine, Inc. - 1990)

  • Mary Pickford Rediscovered by Kevin Brownlow (Harry N. Abrams - 1999)

  • Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy by John McCabe (Plume - 1985. First published Doubleday, 1961.)

  • My Autobiography by Charles Chaplin (Simon and Schuster - 1964)

  • Olive Thomas: The Life and Death of a Silent Beauty Queen by Michelle Vogel (McFarland - 2007)

  • Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood by Eileen Whitfield (The University Press of Kentucky - 1997)

  • Ramon Novarro by Allan R. Ellenberger (McFarland - 1999)

  • Sunshine and Shadow by Mary Pickford (Doubleday & Company - 1955)

  • Swanson On Swanson by Gloria Swanson (Random House - 1980)

  • They Still Call Me Junior by Frank "Junior" Coghlan (McFarland - 1993)

  • Three Classic Silent Screen Comedies Starring Harold Lloyd by Donald W. McCaffrey (Associated University Presses - 1976)

  • Tramp: The Life of Charlie Chaplin by Joyce Milton (HarperCollins - 1996)

  • Valentino by Irving Shulman (Trident Press - 1967)

  • Vamp: The Rise and Fall of Theda Bara by Eve Golden (Emprise Publishing, Inc. - 1996)



    All-Era Histories
  • The Story of Cinema by David Shipman (St. Martin's Press - 1982)


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