Books on Silent Films

Affron, Charles Lillian Gish: Her Legend, Her Life New
York: Scribner, 2001.

Altman Rick
Silent Film Sound New York: Columbia
University Press, 2004.

Basinger, Jeanine,
Silent Stars Diane Pub. Co., 1999.

Bellamy, Madge
A Darling of the Twenties: Madge
Scarecrow, 1997.

Bengtson, John and Kevin Brownlow
Silent Traces:
Discovering Early Hollywood through the Films of Charlie
Santa Monica Press, 2006.

Berg, A. Scott
Goldwyn: A Biography New York:
Riverhead Books, 1998.

Bitzer, G. W.
Billy Bitzer: His Story New York: Farrar,
Starus & Giroux, 1973.

Blake, Michael Lon Chaney: The Man Behind the
Thousand Faces Vestal: Vestal Press, 1993.

Blum, Daniel C.
A Pictorial History of the Silent Screen
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1972.

Botham, Noel
Valentino: The First Superstar Metro
Books, 2002.

Bowers, David Q.
Thanhouser Films: An Encyclopedia
and History
Rowman & Littlefield, 2001.

Bowser, Eileen
The Transformation of Cinema 1907-1915
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1991.

Bowser, Eileen and Louise Spence
Writing Himself into
History : Oscar Micheaux, His Silent Films, and His
Rutgers University Press, 2000.

Braff, Richard E.
The Universal Silents: A Filmography of
the Universal Motion Picture Manufacturing Company,
Jefferson (NC): McFarland & Co., 1998.

Brooks, Daniel with Peter Cowie
Lulu Forever New York:
Rizzoli 2006.

Brooks, Louise
Lulu in Hollywood New York: Alfred A.
Knopf, 1983.

Brown, Karl (Kevin Brownlow, ed.)
Adventures with D.
W. Griffith
New York: Farrar, Starus & Giroux, 1973.

Brown, Kelly R.
Florence Lawrence, the Biograph Girl:
America's First Movie Star
Jefferson (NC): McFarland &
Co., 1999.

Brownlow, Kevin
Napoleon New York: Alfred A. Knopf,

Brownlow, Kevin
The Parades Gone By . . . New York:
Bonanza Books, 1965.

Brownlow, Kevin and John Kobal
Hollywood: The
New York Alfred A. Knopf, 1979.

Card, James,
Seductive Cinema: The Art of Silent Film
New York: Knopf: New York, 1994.

Cary, Diana Serra
What Ever Happened to Baby Peggy:
The Autobiography of Hollywood's Pioneer Child Star
York: St. Martin's Press, 1996.

Carey, Gary
Doug & Mary: A Biography of Douglas
Fairbanks & Mary Pickford
New York: E. P. Dutton, 1977.

Chaplin, Charles
Charles Chaplin: My Autobiography New
York: Simon & Schuster, 1972.

Coghlan, Frank
Silent Films, 1877-1996: A Critical Guide
to 646 Movies
Jefferson (NC): McFarland & Company,

Cohen, Paula Marantz
Silent Film and the Triumph of the
American Myth
New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Cooke, Alistair
Douglas Fairbanks: The Making of a
Screen Character
New York: The Museum of Modern
Art, 1940.

Cooper, Miriam
Dark Lady of the Silents: My Life in Early
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1973.

Crafton, Donald The Talkies: American Cinema's
Transition to Sound, 1926-1931 Charles Scribner's Sons,

Curtiss, Thomas Quinn
Von Stroheim New York: Farrar,
Straus & Giroux, 1971.

Dale, Alan
Comedy is a Man in Trouble: Slapstick in
American Movies
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota
Press, 2002.

Tom Buster Keaton: The Man Who Wouldn't Lie
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002.

Davis, Ronald L.
William S. Hart: Projecting the American
University of Oklahoma Press, 2003.

DeMille, Cecil B. (edited by Donald Hayne)
Autobiography of Cecil B. DeMille
Englewood-Cliffs (NJ):
Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1959.

Drew William M.
Speaking of Silents: First Ladies of the
Vestal Press Ltd., 1997.

Edmonds, Andy  
Frame-Up!: The Untold Story of Roscoe
"Fatty" Arbuckle
New York: William Morrow & Co., 1991.

Ellenberger, Allan R.
The Valentino Mystique: The Death
and Afterlife of the Silent Film Idol
Jefferson (NC):
McFarland & Company, 2005.

Everson, William K.
American Silent Film New York: Da
Capo Press, 1998.

Eyman, Scott
Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B.
New York: Simon & Schuster

Eyman, Scott
Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of
Louis B. Mayer
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Eyman, Scott
Mary Pickford: America's Sweetheart New
York: Donald I. Fine, 1990.

Eyman, Scott
The Speed of Sound: Hollywood and the
Talkie Revolution, 1926-1930
New York: Simon &
Schuster, 1997.

Fairbanks, Douglas
Laugh and Live New York: Britton
Publishing Co., 1917.

Forsland, Bengt
Victor Sjostrom: His Life and Work New
York: Zoetrope, 1988.

Fowler, Gene
Father Goose: The Story of Mack Sennett
New York: Covici-Fried, 1934.

Franklin, Joe (William K. Everson, research assistant)
Classics of the Silent Screen New York: The Citadel
Press, 1959.

Gabler, Neal
An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews
Invented Hollywood
New York: Anchor Books, 1988.

Gelman, Barbara (ed.)
Photoplay Treasury New York:
Crown, 1972.

Gish, Lillian (with Ann Pinchak)
The Movies, Mr. Griffith
and Me
Englewood Cliffs (NJ): Prentice-Hall 1969.

Golden, Eve
Vamp: The Rise and Fall of Theda Bara
Emprise Pub, 1996.

Hart, William S.
My Life: East and West Ayer Co. Pub.,

Hayes, Kevin J. (ed.)
Charlie Chaplin: Interviews
University of Mississippi, 2005.

Henderson, Robert M.
D. W. Griffith: His Life and Work
New York: Oxford University Press, 1972.

Henderson, Robert W.
D. W. Griffith: His Years at
New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1970.

Hershfeld Joanne
The Invention of Dolores del Rio
University of Minnesota Press, 2000.

Higham, Charles
Cecil B. DeMille New York: Scribner's,

Huff, Theodore
Charlie Chaplin New York: Henry
Schuman, 1951.

Kaplin, Collen M.
Take Two: The True Story of Ithaca's
Movie Making Era
Seven Locks Press, 1989.

Katchmer, George A.
A Biographical Dictionary of Silent
Film Western Actors and Actresses
Jefferson (NC):
McFarland & Co., 2002.

Katchmer, George A.
Eighty Silent Film Stars:
Biographies and Filmographies of the Obscure to the Well
Jefferson (NC): McFarland & Company, 1991.

Kinnard, Roy
Horror in Silent Films: A Filmography,
Jefferson (NC): McFarland & Company, 1995.

Kirkpatrick, Sidney D.
A Cast of Killers New York: E. P.
Dutton, 1986.

Klepper, Robert K.
Silent Films, 1877-1996: A Critical
Guide to 646 Movies
Jefferson (NC): McFarland &
Company, 1999.

Keaton, Buster and Charles Samuels
My Wonderful
World of Slapstick
New York: Doubleday & Co., Inc, 1960.

Keaton,  Eleanor with Jeffrey Vance
Keaton: Buster
Keaton Remembered
New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2001.

Kerr, Walter
The Silent Clowns New York: Da Capo
Press, 1990.

Kobel, Peter and the Library of Congress (foreward by
Martin Scorcese; introduction by Kevin Brownlow)
Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie
New York: Little, Brown & Co, 2007.

Koszarski, Richard The Astoria Studio and Its Fabulous
Films New York, Dover Publications, 1983.

Koszarski, Richard
An Evening's Entertainment: The Age
of the Silent Feature Picture 1915-1928
New York:
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1991.

Koszarki, Richard
The Man You Loved to Hate: Erich von
Stroheim and Hollywood
New York: Oxford University
Press, 1983.

Koszarski, Richard
Von: The Life and Films of Erich von
New York: Limslight, 2002.

Lahue, Kalton C.
Continued Next Week: A History of the
Moving Picture Serial
Norman: University of Oklahoma
Press, 1964.

Lahue, Kalton C.
Gentlemen to the Rescue: The Heroes of
the Silent Screen
New York: Castle Books, 1972.

Lahue, Kalton C.
Kops and Kustard: The Legacy of
Keystone Films
Norman: University of Oklahoma Press,

Lahue, Kalton C.
World of Laughter: The Motion Picture
Comedy Short, 1910-1930
Norman: University of
Oklahoma Press, 1966.

Lambert, Gavin
Nazimova New York: Alfred A. Knopf,

Langman, Larry
A Guide to Silent Westerns Greenwood,

Lee, Raymond
The Films of Mary Pickford New York: A. S.
Barnes, 1971.

Leider, Emily W.
Dark Lover: The Life and Death of
Rudolph Valentino
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux;

Lennig, Arthur
Stroheim Lexington: The University Press
of Kentucky, 2000.

Lennig, Arthur
The Silent Voice: A Text Albany (NY):
Lane Press, 1969.

Lindsay, Vachel
The Art of the Moving Picture New York:
The Macmillan Co.,1916.

Lloyd, Harold and Wesley W. Stout
An American Comedy
New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1928.

Lockwood, Charles
Dream Palaces: Hollywood at Home
New York, Viking, 1981.

Loos, Anita
The Talmadge Girls New York: Viking, 1978.

Louvish, Simon
Keystone: The Life and Clowns of Mack
New York: Faber and Faber, 2003.

Lowe Denise
An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in
Early American Films: 1895-1930
Haworth Press, 2004.

Lynn, Kenneth S.
Charlie Chaplin and His Times New
York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.

Maas, Frederica Sagor
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim: A
Writer in Early Hollywood
Lexington: The University
Press of Kentucky, 1999.

Mackenzie, Norman A. (foreword by S. George Ullman)
The Magic of Rudolph Valentino London: Research Pub.
Co., 1974.

Maturi, Richard J. and Mary Buckingham Maturi
Bayne, Queen of the Movies: A Biography; With a
Filmography and a Listing of Stage, Radio and Television
Jefferson (NC): McFarland and Co., 2000.

McPherson, Edward
Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat
New York: Newmarket Press, 2005.

Meade, Marion
Buster Keaton: Cut to the Chase New
York: HarperCollins, 1995.

Menefee, David W.
The First Female Stars: Women of the
Silent Era
New York: Praeger Publishers, 2004.

Miller, Patsy Ruth
My Hollywood: When Both of Us Were
O'Raghailligh Publishers, 1988.

Mitchell, Glenn
A-Z of Silent Film Comedy: An Illustrated
Batsford, 2003.

Mitchell, Glenn
The Chaplin Encyclopedia B. T. Batsford,

Moore, Colleen
Silent Star Garden City (NY): Doubleday,

Morris, Michael
Madam Valentino: The Many Lives of
Natacha Rambova
New York : Abbeville Press, c1991.

Musser, Charles
The Emergence of Cinema: The
American Screen to 1907
New York: Charles Scribner's
Sons, 1991.

Negri, Pola
Memoirs of a Star New York: Doubleday, 1970.

Nunn, William Curtis
Marguerite Clark: America's Darling
of Broadway and the Silent Screen
Texas Christian
University Press, 1980.

Oberfirst, Robert
Rudolph Valentino: The Man Behind
the Myth
New York, Citadel Press, 1962.

Oderman, Stuart
Lillian Gish: A Life on Stage and Screen
Jefferson (NC): McFarland, 2000.

Okuda, Ted and David Maska
Charlie Chaplin at
Keystone and Essanay : Dawn of the Tramp
Inc., 2005.

O'Leary, Liam
Rex Ingram: Master of the Silent Cinema
Dublin: Academy Press, 1980.

Paine, Albert Bigelow,
Life and Lillian Gish New York:
Macmillan, 1932.

Paris, Barry
Garbo New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995.

Paris, Barry
Louis Brooks New York: Alfred A. Knopf,

Payne, Robert
The Great Charlie London: Andre
Deuttsch Ltd., 1952.

Pickford, Mary
Sunshine and Shadow New York:
Sounleday, 1955.

Pratt, George C.
Spellbound in Darkness: A History of the
Silent Film
Little Brown & Co., 1973.

Quirk, Lawrence
The Films of Gloria Swanson New York:
Citadel Press, 1988.

Rapf, Maurice
Backlot: Growing Up With the Movies
Metuchen (NJ): Scarecrow Press, 1999.

Rambova, Natacha
Rudy: An Intimate Portrait of Rudolph
Hutchinson & Co., Ltd., 1926.

Ramsaye, Terry
A Million and One Nights: A History of the
Motion Picture Through 1925
New York: Simon and
Schuster, 1926.

Rhodes, Gary Don and Alexander Webb (eds.)
Rubens, Silent Snowbird: The Complete 1931 Memoir,
With a New Biography And Filmography
Jefferson (NC):
McFarland & Co., 2006.

Robinson, David
Chaplin: His Life and Art New York:
McGraw-Hill, 1985.

Rosenberg, Bernard and Harry Silverstein
The Real
New York: Macmillan, 1970.

Rotha, Paul
Robert J. Flaherty: A Biography Philadelphia:
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983.

Scagnetti, Jack
The Intimate Life of Rudolph Valentino
Middle Village (NY): Jonathan David Publisers, 1975.

Schelly, William
Harry Langdon Metuchen (NJ):
Scrarecrow Press, 1982.

Schickel, Richard
D. W. Griffith: An American Life New
York: Limelight Editions 1984.

Schickel, Richard
The Essential Chaplin : Perspectives on
the Life and Art of the Great Comedian
Chicago: Ivan R.
Dee, 2006.

Schulberg, Budd
Moving Pictures: Memories of a
Hollywood Prince
New York; Stein & Day, 1981.

Sennett, Mack and Cameron Shipp
King of Comedy New
York: Doubleday & Co., Inc. 1954.

Sherk, Warren M.
The Films of Mack Sennett Metuchen
(NJ): Scarecrow Press, 1997.

Irving Valentino New York: Trident Press, 1967.

Slide, Anthony
Silent Players: A Biographical and
Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and
Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2002.

Smith, Albert E. and Phil Koury
Two Reels and a Crank
New York: Doubleday & Co., Inc. 1952.

Stenn, David
Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild New York:
Doubleday, 1988.

Swanson, Gloria
Swanson on Swanson New York:
Random House, 1980.

Sweeney, Kevin W. (ed.)  
Buster Keaton Interviews
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2007

Talmadge, Margaret
The Talmadge Sisters, Norma,
Constance, Natalie The Story of the World's Most Famous
Screen Family
Lippincott, 1924.

Talmey, Allene
Doug and Mary and Others New York:
Macy-Masius, 1927.

Thomas, Bob
Thalberg: Life and Legend New York:
Bantam Books, 1970.

Thompson, Frank T.
Lost Films: Important Movies That
Carol Publishing Corporation, 1996.

Tibbetts, John C.
His Majesty the American: The Cinema
of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
New York: A. S. Branes, 1977.

Trav S. D.,
Chains of Fools, Silent Comedy and Its Legends
from Nickelodeons to YouTube
,  Duncan (OK): BearManor
Media, 2013.

Ullman, S. George
Valentino As I Knew Him New York:
Macy-Masius, 1926.

Usai, Paolo Cherchi
Silent Cinema: An Introduction
London: BFI Publishing, 2000.

Vance, Jeffrey
Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema New York:
Harry N. Abrams, 2003.

Vance, Jeffrey and Susan Lloyd
Harold Lloyd: Master
New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2002.

Vazzana, Eugene Michael
Silent Film Necrology
Jefferson (NC): McFarland & Company, 2001.

Vidor, King
A Tree is a Tree New York: Harcourt, Brace,

Villecco, Tony
Silent Stars Speak: Interviews With Twelve
Cinema Pioneers
Jefferson (NC): McFarland & Co., 2001.

von Stroheim, Erich
Queen Kelly: The Complete
(ed: Bret Wood) Lanham (MD): Scarecrow
Press, 2002.

Wagenknecht, Edward
The Movies in the Age of
New York: Limelight Editions, 1997.

Wagenknecht, Edward and Anthony Slide
The Films of D.
W. Griffith
New York: Crown Publishers, 1975.

Watson, Coy Jr.
The Keystone Kid: Tales of Early
Santa Monica: Santa Monica Press, 2001.

Whitfield, Eileen  
Pickford: The Woman Who Made
Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1997.

Yallop, David
The Day the Laughter Stopped New York:
St. Martin's, 1976.

Zukor, Adolph (with Dale Kramer)
The Public is Never
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1953.