Books

To date, I have authored / edited three book. Each are related to the silent film star Louise Brooks. I have plans to write a few more, including a couple of titles NOT about the actress! Want to learn more? Check out my GoodReads or amazon.com author page.

Beggars of Life: A Companion to the 1928 Film. PandorasBox Press, 2017.
foreword by William Wellman Jr.

Beggars of Life— This first ever study of Beggars of Life looks at the provocative, gender-bending film Oscar-winning director William Wellman thought his finest silent movie.

“I can say (with head bowed modestly) that I know more about the career of director William A. Wellman than pretty much anybody … but there are things in Thomas Gladysz’s new book on Wellman’s Beggars of Life that I didn’t know. More important, the writing is so good and the research so deep that even when I was reading about facts that were familiar to me, I was enjoying myself hugely.” — Frank Thompson, co-author of Nothing Sacred: The Cinema of William Wellman

Beggars of Life: A Companion to the 1928 Film is a quick, satisfying read, illustrated with promotional material, posters and stills as well as press clippings. In these pages, Gladysz takes us through the making and the reception of the film and clears up a few mysteries too…. This highly readable book will deepen your enjoyment and understanding of a silent Hollywood classic.” — Pamela Hutchinson, Silent London

“Gladysz has written a brief but informative book …. offers … true insight.” — Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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Now We’re in the Air. PandorasBox Press, 2017.
foreword by Robert Byrne

Now We're in the Air — I helped with the preservation of this once-lost film, and wrote this book afterwords detailing the history of the movie and its discovery by film preservationist Robert Byrne; also considered is the surprising impact this otherwise little known film has had on Brooks’ life and career.

The absolute final word on the film from the world’s foremost expert on Louise Brooks. Thoroughly researched and expertly written, oh, and did I mention lavishly illustrated? If you love silent film and if you love Louise Brooks (and who doesn’t) you really should pick up a copy for your library.” — amazon.com review

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Böhme, Margarete. The Diary of a Lost Girl (Louise Brooks edition). PandorasBox Press, 2010.

DiaryofLostGirl— I brought back into print, edited, and wrote an extensive introduction to this classic German work of feminist literature. The books’ publication was the subject of an article in Deutsche Welle, “Forgotten book by Margarete Boehme to be revived in US,” as well as an exhibit & event at the San Francisco Public Library. The book received good reviews.

“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

“Gladysz makes an important contribution to film history, literature, and, in as much as Böhme told her tale with much detail and background contemporary to the day, sociology and history. This reissue is long overdue, and a volume of uncommon merit.” — Richard Buller, author of A Beautiful Fairy Tale: The Life of Actress Lois Moran

“It was such a pleasure to come upon your well documented and beautifully presented edition.” — Elizabeth Boa, University of Nottingham (UK)

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As an authority on the films of Louise Brooks, I’ve been asked to contribute essays to festival programs as well as audio commentaries to two DVD / Blu-ray releases of the actress’s films.

Beggars of Life commentary.” Kino Lorber, 2017.

Beggars of Life DVD— I authored one of two audio commentaries which accompany this significant DVD / Blu-ray release.

The DVD itself was named one of the best of the year by three noted critics — not bad for a silent film! Additionally, my commentary was  singled out or mentioned by a handful of media outlets including the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Films in Review, Combustible Celluloid, Home Media Magazine, and High Plains Reader.

“Gladysz, who’s the founding director of the Louise Brooks Society, also goes into great detail about the studio production of the film, and the stories of its stars.” — Texas Public Radio (NPR).


Diary of a Lost Girl commentary.” Kino Lorber, 2015.

Diary of a Lost Girl DVD— I authored the audio commentary accompanying this DVD / Blu-ray reissue, a restoration of what is now regarded as a classic film. My commentary was singled out or mentioned by a handful of media outlets including popmatters, High-Def Digest, Home Media Magazine, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

“In this masterful restoration, from archival 35mm elements, Diary benefits from an incisive commentary by the director of the Louise Brooks Society Thomas Gladysz.” — Boston Herald

 



Additionally, some of my journalism has been included in books authored or edited by others; a few such publications are pictured here:

“Interview with Allen Ginsberg.” In Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg, by Sarah Greenough, National Gallery of Art / Prestel, 2010.

Beat Memories— My oft-reprinted interview with poet Allen Ginsberg on the subject of his photography is included in this monograph, which also served as the catalog to a traveling exhibit.

Notably, a few articles on the book and exhibit mention my interview, including articles in the Calgary Herald from Canada, Libreriamo from Italy, Guernica magazine, and this piece in The Atlantic which opens with a quote from my interview.

 


Louise Brooks.” In Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, edited by David J. Wishart, University of Nebraska Press, 2004.

— I wrote the entry on Louise Brooks for this regional reference work.


“Jim Carroll: Verbal Entries.” In Contemporary Literary Criticism, Gale Group, 2001.

— My interview with Jim Carroll — rock musician, poet, and famed author of The Basketball Diaries, is reprinted in this reference series on contemporary literature.


“Interview with Allen Ginsberg.” In Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews, 1958-1996, edited by David Carter (preface by Vaclav Havel, introduction by Edmund White), HarperCollins, 1996.

Spontaneous Mind— Poet Allen Ginsberg was interviewed hundreds of times, including twice by me. My second interview, from 1991, was chosen for inclusion in this book, the definitive collection of interviews with the Beat writer; this book has been translated and published around the world.

 

 

 


Marco Sassone, Diane Nelson Gallery, 1989.

Marco Sassone— I wrote the introductory essay for this gallery catalog featuring new work by a contemporary artist of note.  The catalog is long out-of-print, and today, scarce copies fetch a premium.