This page presents an annotated, worldwide bibliography of Louise Brooks. This bibliography is limited to books about the actress - as well as those titles with significant content such as chapters, long passages or other noteworthy material. [ The many books which only mention Louise Brooks in passing - such as film histories, memoirs, biographies, or pictorials - are not included. Such lesser though interesting material is cited in Book References - A Bibliography. ] Entries are arranged chronologically.
This page is a work in progress. Some citations are linked to the material cited. (Some links reside on the Louise Brooks Society website, while others exist elsewhere on the internet.) An * indicates that a copy of this citation is held in the archives of the LBS. If you know of additional citations, or can provide further information on the entries noted on this page, please contact the Louise Brooks Society via . This bibliography has been compiled by Thomas Gladysz, and was last updated in September 2005.
Bermingham, Cedric Osmond. Stars of the Screen 1932. London: Herbert Joseph, 1932.
--- includes a photo and short biography
Eisner, Lotte H. The Haunted Screen. London: Thames and Hudson, 1969. *
--- classic work on the German cinema contains a numerous references to Brooks, along with a chapter entitled "Pabst and the Miracle of Louise Brooks;" click here for an excerpt regarding Diary of a Lost Girl; this book was originally published in France in 1952 by Le Terrain Vague; click here for the chapter on Brooks in French
Kyrou, Ado. Amour-erotisme et cinema. Paris: Terrain Vague, 1957 (revised edition, 1967). *
--- notable book by the French critic, contains a chapter on the actress entitled "Louise Brooks, La Plus Belle"
McDowall, Roddy. Double Exposure. New York: Delacorte Press, 1966. *
--- contains "Louise Brooks, "a short appreciation by Anita Loos, along with two photographic portraits by McDowell; also contains Brooks short appreciation of Buster Keaton
Brownlow, Kevin. The Parade's Gone By . . . New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1968. *
--- an anecdotal, oral history of the silent film era; contains significant passages about Louise Brooks; additionally, in the "A Note of Thanks" which introduces the book, Brownlow states, "I owe an especial debt to Louise Brooks for acting as a prime mover in this book's publication."
Lamparski, Richard. Whatever Became of . . . ? New York: Crown Publishers, 1970. *
--- two page chapter on Brooks in this series of books devoted to "famous personalities of yesteryear"
Lahue, Kalton C. Ladies in Distress. New York: A.S. Barnes, 1971. *
--- a seven page chapter is given over to Brooks
Manvell, Roger and Fraenkel, Heinrich. The German Cinema. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1971. *
--- two stills from Pandora's Box, and about one page of text concerns Brooks and her two films with Pabst
Pabst, G. W. Pandora's Box (Lulu). New York: Simon & Schuster, 1971. *
--- contains the shooting script of the film (translation by Christopher Holme), cast listing and credits, as well as dozens of stills; brief introduction by Brooks, an article by the actress entitled "Pabst and Lulu," and an essay by film writer Lotte H. Eisner entitled "Pabst and the Miracle of Louise Brooks."
Phillips, Baxter. Cut, the unseen cinema. New York: Bounty Books, 1975. *
--- includes two stills from Pandora's Box
Atwell, Lee. G.W. Pabst New York: Twayne Publishers, 1977. *
-- pioneering English language study of the director; 4 page excerpt
Jaccard, Roland (editor). Louise Brooks: Portrait d'une anti-star. Paris: Phebus, 1977. *
--- the first book devoted to Brooks; later published in the United States as Louise Brooks: Portrait of an Anti-Star (New York: Zoetrope, 1986) and England (London: Columbus, 1988)
Higashi, Sumiko. Virgins, Vamps and Flappers. St. Albans, Vermont: Eden Press Women's Publications, 1978. *
--- Brooks is discussed in this critical study of the American silent movie heroine
Deutelbaum, Marshall. "Image" on the Art and Evolution of the Film. New York: Dover Publications, 1979. *
--- collects photographs and articles from the magazine of the International Museum of Photography; contains "Out of Pandora's Box: Louise Brooks on G. W. Pabst," by James Card, and "Mr. Pabst," by Louise Brooks
Tynan, Kenneth. Show People. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1979. *
--- reprints the June 11, 1979 New Yorker article, "Louise Brooks: The Girl in the Black Helmet"; this piece was later reprinted in Tynan's Profiles (New York: Random House, 1998)
Sherman, Jane. Denishawn: The Enduring Influence. Boston, Massachusetts: Twayne Publishers, 1983. *
--- Brooks is briefly discussed and letter from the future actress to the author is quoted; one illustration includes Brooks
Bock, Hans-Michael. CineGraph. Munich: text + kritik, 1984. *
--- contains two essays (one by Lucie Herrmann) and an annotated filmography
Lloyd, Ann. Movies of the Silent Years. London: Orbis Publishing, 1984. *
--- contains two references as well as "Louise Brooks: A Lust for Life" by David Thomson - a three page appreciation of the actress
Loos, Anita. Fate Keeps on Happening. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1984. *
--- contains an essay on Brooks entitled "Lulu Baby"
Ooka, Shohei. Ruizu Burukkusu to "Ruru" Toyko: Chuo Koronsha, 1984. *
--- 116-page, heavily illustrated, Japanese language book about and by the actress; contains Brooks' "Gish and Garbo" and "Pabst and Lulu" along with a filmography and bibliography
Watters, James. Return Engagement: Faces to Remember - Then & Now. New York: Clarkson Potter, 1984. *
--- contains four pages of text and images, including an original portrait by Horst
Kobal, John. People Will Talk. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. *
--- contains the film historian's lengthy interview with the actress
Cinemateca Portuguesa. Homenagem a Louise Brooks. Lisbon: Cinemateca Portuguesa, 1986.
--- 62 page program: contains "Louise Brooks: o cinema todo e para além dele," by José Manuel Costa; "Uma arte invisível," by Henri Langlois; "Fala uma testemunha," by Lotte Eisner; "Porque nunca hei-de escrever as minhas memórias," by Louise Brooks; "Pabst e Lulu," by Louise Brooks; "Bogart, Marlene, Gish, Fields e Pabst" (excerpts from Brooks writings), by Louise Brooks; and a Filmografia.
Rentschler, Eric (editor). German Film & Literature: Adaptions and Transformations. New York and London: Methuen, 1986. *
--- includes Thomas Elsaesser's essay "Lulu and the Meter Man: Pabst's Pandora's Box ."
Werner, Paul and van Steen, Uta. Rebellin in Hollywood. 13 Portrats des Eigensinns. Frankfurt: Tende, 1986. *
--- Brooks is one of the thirteen actresses profiled in this book; the actress also appears on the cover of the book
Tynan, Kathleen. The Life of Kenneth Tynan. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1987. *
--- biography of the theater critic and journalist; contains three significant passages about Brooks as well as other references and excerpts from letters; a portrait of the actress in her later years, and a picture of Kenneth Tynan dressed as Brooks
Charyn, Jerome. Movieland: Hollywood and the Great American Dream Culture. New York: Putnams & Sons, 1989. (United States) *
--- collection of essays by the noted American novelist; includes a handful of references and passages, as well as a chapter entitled "Mr. Feathers" concerning Brooks
Paris, Barry. Louise Brooks. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. *
--- the definitive biography of the actress; illustrations, bibliography, filmography - a must read
Rentschler, Eric (editor). The Films of G. W. Pabst: An Extraterritorial Cinema. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1990. *
--- contains "The Erotic Barter: Pandora's Box" and Heide Schlupmann's essay "Diary of a Lost Girl, "The Brothel as an Arcadian Space ?"
Schlemmer, Gottfried, and Riff, Bernhard and Haberl, Georg. (editors) G. W. Pabst. Munster: MAkS Publikationen, 1990. *
--- papers from an international symposium held November, 1986 in Vienna, Austria; includes Janet Bergstrom's "Psychologische Erklarung in Den Filmen von Pabst und Land" ("Psychological Explantion in the Films of Lang and Pabst"), Thomas Elsaesser's "Louise Brooks, Pabst und Die Buchse der Pandora (Lulu und der Stromableser)" ("Lulu and the Meter Man: Pabst's Pandora's Box"), and Heide Schlupmann's "Das Bordell als Arkadischer Ort? Tagebuch Einer Verlorenen von G.W. Pabst" ("Diary of a Lost Girl, "The Brothel as an Arcadian Space ?") - all of which discuss Brooks
Doane, Mary Ann. Femmes Fatales. New York and London: Routledge, 1991. *
--- contains "The Erotic Barter: Pandora's Box"
Card, James. Seductive Cinema. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994. *
--- a personal appreciation of the silent film era; contains interesting observations and anecdotal passages about Brooks
Coffman, Elizabeth Ann. Women in Motion: Dance, Gesture, and Spectacle in Film, 1900-1935 (Loie Fuller, Lillian Gish, Louise Brooks, Josephine Baker). Florida: University of Florida, 1995.
--- unpublished Ph.D thesis; "the reception of these four womens' performances reflects the contradictory desires involved whenever women in motion function as icons for modernity."
Cineteca D. W. Griffith. Omaggio a Louise Brooks e Maya Deren. Genova: Cineteca D. W. Griffith, 1996.
--- 14 page program
Carter, Angela. Shaking a Leg: Collected Writings. London: Chatto & Windus, 1997. *
--- Brooks is discussed in the author's review of the Barry Paris biography, and in an essay entitled "Femmes Fatales"
Cawthorne, Nigel. Sex Lives of the Hollywood Goddesses. London: Prion, 1997.
--- one of the 13 chapters in this badly written book of sex gossip is devoted to Brooks
Jacobsen, Wolfgang. G. W. Pabst. Berlin: Argon, 1997. *
--- monograph on the films of G. W. Pabst; contains significant material about Brooks
Koebner, Thomas. (editor) Idole des deutschen Films. München, Germany: edition text + kritik, 1997. *
--- two chapters ("Der Blick der Madchen in Uniform: Uber Louise Brooks und andere" by Rainer Rother, and "Femme fatale und Hure: Von Lulu zum Madchen Rosemarie" by Heinz-B. Heller) and number references pertain to Brooks and Pandora's Box
Koll, Gerald. Pandoras Schätze: Erotikkonzeptionen in den Stummfilmen von G.W. Pabst. Munchen: Diskurs Film Verlag, 1998. *
--- originally presented as the author's thesis; contains much material relating to Brooks, as well as lengthy chapters on Pandora's Box and Diary of a Lost Girl
Krenn, Gunter. Geheimnisvolle Tiefe G.W. Pabst. Vienna: Austrian Film Archive, 1998. *
--- catalog to an exhibit and program of films, contains four essays and numerous illustrations documenting the films of G. W. Pabst; material on the actress figures prominently
Cristalli, Paola & Donne, Valeria Dalle. Louise Brooks: L'Europeenne. Paris: Transeuropa, 1999. *
--- the focus of this book are the three films the actress made in Europe
Caneppele, Paola & Krenn, Gunter. Film ist Comics. Vienna: Austrian Film Archive, 1999. *
--- an examination of the interplay between film and comics; contains a significant amount of material about Brooks
Hastie, Amelie Ellen. Recollecting Histories: Women, Writing, and Film (Alice Guy-Blache, Louise Brooks, Colleen Moore). Milwaukee, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 1999.
--- unpublished Ph.D thesis; "examines the role of writing in the construction of cinematic histories, theories, and even images, especially as such writings point toward the multiple roles women have played as "authors" within the production of films and the production of our knowledge about them"
Bachardy, Don. Stars in My Eyes. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2000. *
--- contains drawings of and diary entries about the actress by Don Bachardy, a world-renown portrait artist
Elsaesser, Thomas. Weimar Cinema and After. London and New York: Routledge, 2002. *
--- contains a handful of references to the actress, as well as the chapter "Lulu and the Meter Man: Louise Brooks, G.W. Pabst and Pandora's Box"
Anderson, Karen M. Billing below title the contested autobiographies of Frances Farmer and Louise Brooks. Huntington, West Virgina: Marshall University , 2003.
--- unpublished Ph.D thesis; "Today autobiography and memoir hold great interest for the average reader as well as the literary scholar. Some argue this form has replaced the novel as the dominant modern/postmodern narrative expression. Its study crosses departmental boundaries, surfacing in disciplines such as psychology, as well as English/literature. This thesis focuses on the autobiographies of two Euro-American actresses of the early twentieth century. Intersecting the study of film, narrative, autobiography ('female' or feminist, as well as canonical or 'male') and modernism, it focuses on text and subtext, analyzing reasons for both the works' and actress/authors' cultural marginalization. In art as well as life, Frances Farmer and Louise Brooks offer aspects of both the 'masculine' and 'feminine' — whether speaking of narrative structure or assigned gender roles in a given culture. Ultimately, however, canonical 'male' aspects of the autobiographical genre present themselves in their works as filtered through a more 'female' - centered lens."
Zeitz, Joshua. Flapper. New York: Crown, 2006. *
--- contains a chapter and other references to the actress
Cowie, Peter. Louise Brooks: Lulu Forever. New York: Rizzoli, 2006. *
--- pictorial work
Hoeppner, Klaus. City Girls: Frauenbilder im Stummfilm. Berlin: Bertz + Fischer, 2007. *
--- contains numerous passages about Brooks; Brooks also appears on the front and back covers of the book