splash  This page presents an annotated, worldwide bibliography of reviews, articles and other published material related to the 1982 book, Lulu in Hollywood, by Louise Brooks. The book was originally published in hardback in the United States by Knopf. The following year, it was issued in softcover, also by Knopf. In 1989, Limelight Editions reprinted the softcover edition in the United States. In the year 2000, Lulu in Hollywood was issued in a revised and expanded edition by the University of Minnesota Press. Lulu in Hollywood has also been published in translation in a handful of countries around the world, including England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, and the Soviet Union.

This page is a work in progress. The intention of this selective bibliography is to be both comprehensive and as useful as possible. Most citations represent a substantial review or article. Significant shorter, capsule reviews — usually a paragraph or two in length — are so noted. Entries are arranged chronologically. Critical commentary regarding the book are given as annotations. Some citations link to the material noted: some links reside on the Louise Brooks Society, while others reside elsewhere on the web.

An * indicates that a copy of this citation is held in the archives of the LBS. This annotated bibliography has been compiled by Thomas Gladysz, and was last updated in October 2015. [Help wanted: If you know of additional citations, can provide further information on entries noted on this page, or can provide copies of citations not marked with an * but which are known to exist, please contact the LBS.]

published 1982

anonymous. Publisher’s Weekly, March 19, 1982. *
— pre-publication review; ” . . . this is no ordinary collection of gossipy memoirs. It is a tour de force, as history and as a searching study of human nature.”

Reed, Rex. GQ, April, 1982. (United States)
— short magazine article with portrait

Taylor, Robert. “Natural Actress and Writer, Too.” Boston Globe, April 14, 1982. *
— ” . . . seven superb autobiographical essays.” – Boston, Massachusetts newspaper

Walcott, James. Esquire, May, 1982. (United States)
— “A tart, fleet, gossipy book, a whip-flicking display of wit and spite. . . . In Lulu in Hollywood, Brooks writes about her contemporaries with a darting precision and down-to-earth compassion that make the mythologizing of most movie commentators sound like so much hot wheeze. . . . Louise Brooks emerges not as a white goddess wreathed in incense, but as a sassy companion, wisecracking, knowledgeable, completely free of cant and coy sentiment.”

Carduner, Art. “Delicious tales of the film land that spurned her.” Philadelphia Inquirer, May 9, 1982. *
— “Brooks is a witty and refreshing raconteur.” – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania newspaper

Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher. “Books of the Times.” New York Times, May 21, 1982. *
— review with portrait; New York City newspaper

Crain, Patricia. “Women’s Books.” Daily News, May 23, 1982. *
— brief review; New York City newspaper

Clemons, Walter. “A Hollywood Hermit.” Newsweek, May 24, 1982.
— page 77; near full page magazine review with illustrations

Champlin, Charles. “A slave in the cinema who became a superior free spirit on paper.” Los Angeles Times, May 30, 1982. *
— long review with scene still; Los Angeles, California newspaper

Lahr, John. “The Comedienne and the Femme Fatale.” New York Times Book Review, May 30, 1982. *
— full page review by the well known theater critic, along with a portrait of the actress; Lulu in Hollywood is reviewed along with Mabel; New York City newspaper

Koenig, Rhoda. “Look After Lulu.” New York, May 31, 1982.
— joint reviews of Lulu in Hollywood and Mabel: Hollywood’s First I Don’t Care Girl

Meade, M. “Lulu in Hollywood by Louise Brooks.” Ms. Magazine, June, 1982.
— magazine article

Quirk, Lawrence J. “Lulu in Hollywood: A Disgraceful Pot-Pouri of Blatant Falsehoods, Distortions and Odd Biographical Omissions: Self-Pitying, Self-Congratulatory – and Self-Serving .” Quirks Reviews, June, 1982. *
— long article critiquing the book

Everson, William K. “Louise Brooks, Brainy Beauty Scorned Hollywood: A Hot Read.” Variety Weekly, June 9, 1982. *
— long review by the film historian

Rivers, Joan. “Lulu in Hollywood.” The Hollywood Reporter, June 11, 1982.
— full page review by the well known comedian and television personality

Bunke, Joan. “Lies, myths and other movie tales.” Des Moines Register, June 13, 1982. *
— “Intelligence and candor mark Brooks’ reminiscences.” – Des Moines, Iowa newspaper

Dirda, Michael. “Lulu in Hollywood.” Washington Post, June 13, 1982. *
— “Unexpectedly, Brooks’ writing proves just as scintillating (and titillating) as her screen beauty. . . . Instead, through her independence, strong will, and restless intelligence, she survives to this day. And she survives, even more, in her art: the supreme beauty of the silent screen.” – Washington D.C. newspaper

Dolbier, Maurice. “An Outsider’s inside look at Tinseltown.” Providence Journal, June 13, 1982. *
— ” . . . shows her to be an entrancing and candid a writer as she was an actress in her most memorable screen roles.” – Providence, Rhode Island newspaper

Taylor, Robert. “’20s movie ‘bad girl’ is a very good writer.” Oakland Tribune, June 13, 1982. *
— review in Oakland, California newspaper

anonymous. “Lulu in Hollywood.” Variety Daily, June 15, 1982.
— long review

Kaufman, Stanley. “Book Note.” The New Republic, June 23, 1982.
— short magazine review

Feeney, F. X.. “Louise Brooks, Writer.” L.A. Weekly, June 25 – July 1, 1982.
— two-page review with illustration; Los Angeles, California alternative news weekly

French, Philip. “Lulu in Hollywood.” The Observer, June ??, 1982. (England)
— book review in English newspaper

Weinberg, H. “The Weinberg Touch.” Films in Review, June / July 1982.
— short mention

Kleber, Mark. “One for the Book.” The Talent Spotlite, July, 1982.
— short review

Marcus, Greil. California, July, 1982.
— magazine article by the well known music critic

Kolb, Mary. “‘Lulu’: silent screen star speaks.” UCLA Bruin, July 1, 1982.
— review in University of California, Los Angeles college newspaper

author unknown. Toronto Globe and Mail, July 2, 1982. (Canada)
— review in Toronto newspaper

Gilmour, Clyde. “The Film World’s Best Read Idiot.” Toronto Star, July 3, 1982. (Canada) *
— review in Toronto newspaper

anonymous. “Facing up to Hollywood.” Milwaukee Journal, July 4, 1982. *
— ” . . . in Lulu in Hollywood she looks back on the 1920’s and ’30’s with refreshing candor. And the book demonstrates another ability almost as unusual among former actors: She can write.” – Milwaukee, Wisconsin newspaper

Whitman, Alden. “A free spirit of the silent screen tells her story – candidly.” Chicago Sun-Times, July 4, 1982. *
— “Lulu in Hollywood is a splendid book, made live by Brooks’ vibrant, terse prose . . . .” – Chicago, Illinois newspaper

Noble, Peter. “Peter Noble’s Bookshelf.” Screen International, July 10, 1982. (England) *
— review

Maslin, Janet. “Hollywood Leaves Its Imprint on Its Chroniclers.” New York Times, July 11, 1982. *
— considers books by Brooks and June Allyson; New York City newspaper

Grosvenor, Peter. “Recognition at Last.” Daily Express, July 15, 1982. (England) *
— review in London newspaper

Waugh, Auberon. London Daily Mail, July 15, 1982. (England)
— generally negative review; London newspaper

Ehrenstein, David. “Lulu’s Back in Town, With a Book That Sets Hollywood Straight.” Reader, July 16, 1982. *
— long review

anonymous. “Lulu in Hollywood.” The Economist, July 17, 1982. (United States)
— magazine review; page 93

author unknown. Montreal Gazette, July 17, 1982. (Canada)
— review in Montreal newspaper

French, Philip. “Looking After Lulu.” London Observer, July 18, 1982. (England) *
— review in London, England newspaper

Williams, Richard. “Oh! Oh! Oh! what a girl!” London Times, July 22, 1982. (England) *
— review in London, England newspaper

Comiskey, Ray. “Lulu’s Back in Town.” Irish Times, July 24, 1982. (Ireland) *
— review in article in Dublin, newspaper

Curtright, Bob. “Confessions of a Free Spirit.” Wichita Eagle, July 25, 1982. *
— “But what she has written, and now collected in this volume, will be enough to ensure her a literary as well as cinema niche.” – Wichita, Kansas newspaper

Taylor, John Russell. “Woman of Ideas: Lulu in Hollywood.” Sight and Sound, Summer 1982. (England)
— “Louise Brooks is a woman of ideas. Her writings—and this, for an actor, is really extraordinary—are about something more than just herself. She has ideas about Hollywood, she has ideas about life, and she does not necessarily confuse the two. . . . If Brooks has an Achilles heel, it is her own intelligence: she tends to attribute to others as much self-awareness and analytical power as she has herself.”

Quirk, Lawrence J. “Lulu in Hollywood: A Weird Case of Media Super-Hype, Whitewash and Cover-Up Galore.” Quirks Reviews, August, 1982. *
— short article

Brown, Dennis. “Lulu’s View.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 1, 1982. *
— “If Kenneth Tynan’s 1979 essay re-established Louise Brooks’ reputation as an actress, these seven essays at once establish her vast talents as a writer.” – St. Louis, Missouri newspaper

Tully, Jaoqi. “Lulu a rare book about Hollywood.” Arizona Daily Star, August 1, 1982. *
— “Louise Brooks is something of a buried treasure . . . . Lulu in Hollywood is a rare book about Hollywood, for it tells the truth poetically.” – Tucson, Arizona newspaper

Campbell, Peter. London Review of Books, August 5 – 18, 1982. (England)
— ” . . . unfailingly perceptive about the arts of acting and film-making”

Whitman, Alden. “Lulu: more than just a pretty face.” Dallas Morning News, August 8, 1982. *
— “Lulu in Hollywood is a splendid book, made live by Brooks’ vibrant, terse prose . . . .” – Dallas, Texas newspaper

Simon, John. “A Legend in Her Time.” New Leader, August 9, 1982.
— magazine review

Thurston, Chuck. “Hollywood Legend Has Her Own Stories to Tell.” Detroit Free Press, August 11, 1982.
— review in Detroit, Michigan newspaper

Kindscher, Katherine. “Hollywood reveals trash behind the flash.” Kansas City Star, August 16, 1982. *
— “Lulu in Hollywood is a treasure.” – Milwaukee, Wisconsin newspaper

Updike, John. “Female Pilgrims.” The New Yorker, August 16, 1982. *
— joint review of Lulu in Hollywood along with a review of M. F .K. Fisher’s As They Were by the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist; the review was later published in Updike’s Hugging the Shore (New York: Knopf, 1983).

Nordell, Roderick. “On film: ’20s actress and ’80s critic; Brooks recalls career.” Christian Science Monitor, August 25, 1982. *
— short newspaper review

Everson, William K. “Lulu in Hollywood, by Louise Brooks.” Films in Review, August / September 1982. *
— two page magazine review

Rich, Alan. “Lulu in Hollywood.” Smithsonian, September 1982. *
— ” . . . testimony to a beauty that flashed too briefly across the screen.”

De Lappe, Pele. “Perfidious film industry exposed.” People’s World, September 4, 1982. *
— review in leftist political newspaper

Giachetti, Romano. “I vizi di Lulu.” La Repubblica, September 14, 1982. (Italy) *
— review in Italian newspaper

Rothman, William. “Our Miss Brooks.” American Film, October, 1982. *
— long magazine review

Laschever, Sara. “Pandora’s Box.” New York Review of Books, October 21, 1982.
— three page magazine review, with caricature by David Levine

Arbasin, Alberto. “Lulu a Hollywood.” L’Espresso, October 24, 1982. (Italy) *
— review by a well known Italian author

Manns, T. “Louise Brooks, Lulu in Hollywood.” Filmrutan, no. 4, 1982. (Sweden)
— review in Stockholm film journal

Chute, David. “What a Lulu!” Film Comment, November / December, 1982. *
— “Because the book sustains a high level of insight and giddy entertainment value, Lulu in Hollywood is one of the most painlessly useful books in years. It is also an exhilarating display of the sort of diamond-hard prose whose beauty is inseparable from its precision.”

Reynaert, P. and Payez, G. “De Brooks a Bruckner.” November 15, 1982. (Belgium)
— review in Brussels film journal (publication unknown)

Fox, Mary Ellen. “Lulu in Hollywood.” Chronicles, December, 1982.
— page 23; magazine of the Rockford Register Star from Rockford, Illinois

anonymous. “Christmas Books.” New York Times, December 5, 1982.
— brief inclusion in round-up of best books of the year; “Terse, raffish, authoritative essays” – New York City newspaper

Boyum, Joy Gould. “Lulu in Hollywood.” Wall Street Journal, December 17, 1982.
— “Brooks is an excellent, if heartless writer, who never had a good word to say about anyone.”

author unknown. New York Post, ??, 1982.

author unknown. Toronto Star, ??, 1982. (Canada)

Purcell, J.M. “Lulu in Hollywood.” Film Quarterly, no. 1, 1983.
— pages 53- 54

Stern, Howard and Laschever, Sara. “Pandora’s Box.” New York Review of Books, January 20, 1983.
— letter by Howard Stern, with reply by Laschever (in response to a NYRB article of October 21, 1982)

National Council of Teachers of English. “Do You Like Film? Film Books?” The English Journal, February 1983. *
— passing notice – “Louise Brooks’ Lulu in Hollywood (Knopf, 1982, $15) is a series of essays by the most beautiful Hollywood starlet of the 1930s who made one great film, G. W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box.”

Thomson, David. “The Actress Taking the Part of Lulu.” Threepenny Review, Spring 1983. *
— long article in a literary journal

Grothjan, Kent. “New at the Library.” Mountain Democrat, June 6, 1983. *
— brief notice in article in Placerville, California newspaper

anonymous. “Current favorites for leisure reading.” Christian Science Monitor, June 24, 1983. *
— brief newspaper notice; “A Kansas girl who went through the Hollywood artifice mill, saw its tinseled tragedies, lived its broken life, and gained a small niche in film history now looks back at the perverse and tawdry scenes. She is less censorious than she ought to be, but is determined to set the record straight about how Hollywood dominates its talent – on and off the screen.”

Beylie, Claude. “Louise Brooks par Louise Brooks.” Avant-Scene Cinema, October, 1983. (France)
— two page illustrated review; Paris publication

Decaux, Emmanuel. “Louise Brooks par Louise Brooks.” Cinematographie, October, 1983. (France)
— pages 66 – 67; Paris publication

Wysocki, Gisela von. “Die Film-Frau.” Die Zeit, October 14, 1983. (Germany)
— review in Germany newspaper

Mees, L. “Lulu in Hollywood door Louise Brooks.” Film en Televisie, November, 1983. (Belgium)
— review in Brussels publication

Herrmann, L. “Die Wahrheit zu schreiben.” December, 1983. (West Germany)
— Frankfurt publication?

Comuzio, Ermanno. “Louise Brooks: Lulu a Hollywood.” CineForum, May, 1984. (Italy) *
— half-page review; Bergamo publication

“Lunga vita a Lulu.” Via Dogana, June 1984. (Italy)
— review of the 2nd Italian ed. of Lulu in Hollywood in this feminist magazine

Farinelli, Gianluca. “Lulu a Hollywood.” Cineteca, September 1985. (Italy)
— review; this issue also contains a brief illustrated appreciation of the actress and a review of Louise Brooks. Portrait d’une anti star

Witte, Karsten. “Louise Brooks über G.W. Pabst.” Film, September 1985. (Germany) *
— also published in this issue is a one page article on Brooks, along with a two page film still featuring the actress – Brooks appears on the cover

Johnson, George. “New & Noteworthy.” New York Times, June 25, 1989. *
— capsule review of Limelight edition in New York City newspaper

Anderson, Jeffrey M. “Lulu in Hollywood, by Louise Brooks.” Combustible Celluloid, 2000. *
— review of University of Minnesota reissue; web-based publication

Berman, Todd. “Essential Titles: Film.” Contentville, 2000. *
— review of University of Minnesota reissue; web-based publication

Levin, Martin. Toronto Globe & Mail. September 16, 2000. (Canada)
— regarding the reissue by the University of Minnesota press

Rising, Gerry. “Lulu in Hollywood.” ArtVoice. August 30, 2001. (United States) *
— article regarding Brooks and the University of Minnesota press reissue in weekly Buffalo news magazine

anonymous. “It’s a case of reading: our panel of authors on what titles they will be packing into their suitcases this summer.” The Bookseller. March 14, 2003. (England) *
— writer Louise Welsh states “I’m also desperate to read Louise Brooks’ Lulu in Hollywood (University of Minnesota Press), edited by Kenneth Tynan, and also his volume of profiles, Show People.”

Costa, Romano . “Louise Brooks, passività e presenza.” Alias, July 5, 2003.(Italy)
— review of the 2nd Italian ed. of Lulu in Hollywood

Rosi, Viviana .”Lulu a Hollywood.” L’Indice, nr. 11, 2003. (Italy)
— review of the 2nd Italian ed. of Lulu in Hollywood