Books by Simon Louvish

CECIL B. DeMILLE by Simon Louvish
Released: March 4, 2008

"A diffuse, blurry portrait of an American icon."
A biography as sprawling as one of the director's epics. Read full book review >
MAE WEST by Simon Louvish
Released: Nov. 21, 2006

"Enlightening, exhaustively comprehensive look at an entertainer who unapologetically shimmied sexuality into the mainstream."
Seasoned show-biz biographer Louvish (Man on the Flying Trapeze, 1997, etc.) digs deeper into the saucy bombshell's hidden life. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A satisfying effort to sift through celluloid mythology. (47 b&w photos)"
Film historian Louvish continues his presentation of classic laff artists, moving backward from the Marx Brothers (Monkey Business, 2000) and Laurel and Hardy (Stan and Ollie, 2002) to tackle legendary Mack Sennett (1880-1960), impresario of hefty bathing beauties and protean boss of the Keystone Kops. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 16, 2002

"If you skip the preaching to the choir and the film-school analysis, Louvish's wide-eyed love for his subjects' simple, forthright, and hardworking desire to please will bring down the house. (Filmography and 52 b&w photos)"
A fan's gleeful, if excessive, double-take on the beloved bumblers of silent and talking picture fame, seeing their prodigious pile of slapstick misadventures as high art. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Great Man'' (as Fields called himself, accurately) has a great biography. (photos)"
The first serious biography of the legendary comedian in nearly 50 years, and one worthy of its hero. Read full book review >
THE SILENCER by Simon Louvish
Released: May 15, 1993

"Action fanciers will drift off early, humor fanciers a little later, policy wonks will make it to the end."
In a first US publication for Anglo-Israeli author Louvish, the Intifada, the Mossad, American wacko fundamentalism, the NYPD, ultra-orthodox West Bank settlers, the CIA, rabid supporters of all or some of the above, as well as the mayor of Jerusalem, fill the much too exciting days of an Israeli journalist who would rather hide among the TV listings. Read full book review >