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Louise Brooks: A Biography
     

Louise Brooks: A Biography

by Barry Paris
 

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The long-awaited republication of this captivating account of the star's life.

Louise Brooks left Wichita, Kansas, for New York City at age fifteen and lived the kind of life of which legends are made. From her beginnings as a dancer to her years in Hollywood, Berlin, and beyond, she was hailed and reviled as a new type of woman: independent, intellectually

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The long-awaited republication of this captivating account of the star's life.

Louise Brooks left Wichita, Kansas, for New York City at age fifteen and lived the kind of life of which legends are made. From her beginnings as a dancer to her years in Hollywood, Berlin, and beyond, she was hailed and reviled as a new type of woman: independent, intellectually daring, and sexually free. In this widely acclaimed, first and only comprehensive biography, Barry Paris traces Brooks's trajectory from her childhood through her fall into obscurity and subsequent "resurrection" as a brilliant writer and enduring film icon.

"Star biographies don't get any better than Barry Paris's Louise Brooks." USA Today

"This account has the aphrodisiac gloss of Brooks herself: you meet the stare of a modern icon, a picture that taunts your inability to touch the real thing. A necessary and stimulating book, it is itself an important part of Brooks's life after death." The New Republic

"Absorbing, wonderfully well researched and, all in all, an exemplar of its kind." London Spectator

"Louise Brooks is not simply a summary of her movie plots and love affairs but a serious work of film and social history." New York Magazine

Barry Paris is an award-winning biographer, film and music critic, and contributor to the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and other publications. He lives in Pittsburgh.

Translation Inquiries: Alfred A. Knopf

Editorial Reviews

The New Republic
A necessary and stimulating book, it is itself an important part of Brook's life after death.
Leonard Maltin
Unquestionably the film biography of the year is Barry Paris's Louise Brooks great, provocative reading.
—Leonard Maltin, ABC-TV Entertainment Tonight
Liz Smith
A sensational work‹it's a wow!
— New York Daily News
John Simon
Paris has researched and reported faithfully every aspect of Brooks¹s life. The story he tells is fascinating not only for what it says about Brooks, but also for its generous sidelights on the whole jazz-and-flapper age.
—The Washington Post
Premiere Magazine
The much-talked-about Louise Brooks is among the worthiest Hollywood bios of the year: a synthesis of exhaustive research, written with imaginative sympathy.
People Magazine
Thorough and fascinating
Greil Marcus
Paris is superb, every detail opening onto another plane or almost subliminally doubling back to an incident charted a hundred pages earlier, the full weight of Brook's exile coming home with increasing power, right to the end of her life. The second half of the book is riveting: complex, subtle, noisy, finally quiet. You don¹t care that Paris can't solve the mystery. You care that a woman lived a life that made it.
—California Magazine
New York Outweek
Paris's book is the one the faithful have been waiting for. The research is exhaustive, the details scrupulously attended, and all enhanced by access to Brook¹s unpublished writing. The result is thorough, documented and tangible. Even better, Paris does Brooks two services that propel his book well past for-addicts-only status. He is savvy enough to grasp that half of the Brooks mythology is the setting, and he gives it to us up-close and in the round. But his wisest choice is his deference to Brook's own voice. He lets her larger statements about the human condition, her own and otherwise, speak for themselves. Brooks's story is Cinderella rewritten for the apocalypse, and Paris and Brooks tell it straight, twists included.
San Diego Tribune
A superb biography. Paris¹s definitive work shows us why Brooks belongs, if not in the pantheon of film stardom, in the front rank of 20th-century personalities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816637812
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
1ST UNIVER
Pages:
609
Sales rank:
715,337
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

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