The Diary of a Lost Girl (Louise Brooks Edition) (Paperback)

By Thomas Gladysz, 9780557508488, 336pp.

Publication Date: July 23, 2010



The 1929 Louise Brooks film, Diary of a Lost Girl, is based on a controversial and bestselling book first published in Germany in 1905. Though little known today, the book was a literary sensation at the beginning of the 20th century. By the end of the Twenties, it had sold more than 1,200,000 copies - ranking it among the bestselling books of its time. Was it - as many believed - the real-life diary of a young woman forced by circumstance into a life of prostitution? Or a sensational and clever fake, one of the first novels of its kind? This contested work - a work of unusual historical significance as well as literary sophistication - inspired a sequel, a play, a parody, a score of imitators, and two silent films. The best remembered of these is the often revived G.W. Pabst film. This new edition of the original English language translation brings this important book back into print in the United States after more than 100 years. It includes an introduction by Thomas Gladysz, Director of the Louise Brooks Society, detailing the book's history and relationship to the 1929 film. This special "Louise Brooks Edition" also includes more than three dozen vintage illustrations.

Author Bio:

Thomas Gladysz is an arts journalist and author and contributor to various print and online publications. Gladysz is also the founding director of the Louise Brooks Society, an online archive and fan club begun in 1995. He has contributed to various books, organized exhibits, appeared on television, and introduced the actress' films around the United States.

Praise For...

"In today's parlance this would be called a movie tie-in edition, but that seems a rather glib way to describe yet another privately published work that reveals an enormous amount of research and passion."
-- Leonard Maltin

"An important contribution to film history. . . . a volume of uncommon merit."
-- Richard Buller, author of A Beautiful Fairy Tale: The Life of Actress Lois Moran

"Thomas Gladysz is the leading authority on all matters pertaining to the legendary Louise Brooks. We owe him a debt of gratitude for bringing the ground breaking novel, The Diary of a Lost Girl, back from obscurity.
-- Lon Davis, author of Silent Lives