Brownlow, Kevin The Parade's Gone By...
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1968 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj
[a good solid copy, previous owner's rubber-stamped signature at top of front pastedown, faint trace of foxing to bottom page edges and on the half-title page, top edge a bit dust-soiled and with some fading to black cloth at tops of covers, but the binding is solid and the actual wear to the book is minimal; the jacket has just one tiny closed tear and associated small crease at top of the rear panel, is lightly faded at the spine (typical for this title), has some light internal spotting (invisible from the pictorial exterior) and a trace of what looks like rust-staining along the right-hand edge of the front panel, and a spot of what looks like white paint at the base of the spine; this detailed blemish-report notwithstanding, this is still a nicer-than-usually-seen example of this dust jacket]. (B&W photographs) An essential work of film history (listed in "100 Books on Hollywood & the Movies"), a book that literally awakened a generation to the glories of the silent cinema, at a time when many of its most important pioneers were still around to share their memories with the author -- and to receive some of the accolades that followed in the wake of the subsequent revival of interest in silent films. Individual chapters are devoted to D.W. Griffith, Allan Dwan, Henry King, Mary Pickford, Clarence Brown, Edward Sloman, William Wellman, Cecil B. DeMille, Josef von Sternberg, Gloria Swanson, Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Abel Gance, and others; the book also examines numerous " arts and sciences" of the movies (editing, titling, stunt work, music, cinematography, etc.). "A vivid, nostalgic, immediate portrait of an art in the making," says the jacket blurb -- truer words were never written. I daresay that younger folks, even today, are still having a fascination with silent movies awakened in them by this book -- but, alas, without the added thrill we had, in the late 1960s, from the knowledge that the great majority of the book's interviewees were still walking among us. [Included with the book is a photocopy of a published letter sent by the author to a leading film journal in 1969, detailing several dozen corrections to the text and the photo captions -- an errata slip, in essence, although I have also seen copies of the book in which a formal errata slip had been inserted by the publisher.]