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Berlin in the 1920's
This page is a checklist of useful and interesting books on the cultural milieu of Berlin in the 1920's. It also represents some of the books I have collected or studied on the period. This checklist is offered as background on the time Louise Brooks spent in Europe in the late 1920's, while working on Pandora's Box (1929) and Diary of a Lost Girl (1929).
Most all of the books represented here were published in the United States. There are certainly many other books available in Europe which explore similar material. (A few books listed below are reprints of European editions.) Annotations for individual titles are offered when relevant or useful. This bibliography has been compiled by thomas gladysz.
Germany During the Weimar Period
What was Berlin like in 1928? Louise Brooks wrote:- "Sex was the business of the town. At the Eden Hotel, where I lived, the cafe bar was lined with the higher-priced trollops. The economy girls walked the street outside. On the corner stood the girls in boots, advertising flagellation. Actor's agents pimped for the ladies in luxury apartments in the Bavarian Quarter. Racetrack touts at the Hoppegarten arranged orgies for groups of sportsmen. The nightclub Eldorado displayed an enticing line of homosexuals dressed as women. At the Maly, there was a choice of feminine or collar-and-tie lesbians. Collective lust roared unashamed at the theater. In the revue Chocolate Kiddies, when Josephine Baker appeared naked except for a girdle of bananas, it was precisely as Lulu's stage entrance was described by Wedekind: 'They rage there as in a menagerie when the meat appears at the cage.' "
For additional background material, interested individuals might also care to track down biographies of some of the cultural figures of the time, such as the composer Kurt Weill or the playwrite Bertolt Brecht. Expressionism - a movement which permeated all of the arts - is also a topic which comes to bear on Brooks' work in Germany.
de Jonge, Alex. Weimar Chronicle: Prelude to Hitler. New York: Meridan, 1978.
Von Eckardt, Wolf and Gilman, Sander. Bertolt Brecht's Berlin: A Scrapbook of the Twenties. New York: Anchor Press, 1975.
Eisner, Lotte H. The Haunted Screen. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973.
Everett, Susanne. Lost Berlin. New York & London: Hamlyn, 1979.
Faderman, Lillian and Eriksson, Brigitte. Lesbians in Germany: 1890's - 1920's. Tallahassee, Florida: Naiad Press, 1980.
Friedrich, Otto. Before the Deluge. New York: Harper & Row, 1972.
Friedrich, Thomas. Berlin Between the Wars. New York: The Vendome Press, 1991.
Gandert, Gero. Der Film der Weimarer Republik 1929. Ein Handbuch der zeitgenossischen Kritik. Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, 1993.
Gay, Peter. Weimar Culture. New York: Harper & Row, 1968.
Gill, Anton. A Dance Between Flames. New York: Carol and Graf, 1993.
Gordon, Mel. Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin. Venice, California: Feral House, 2000.
Hake, Sabine. The Cinema's Third Machine. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1993.
Jelavich, Peter. Berlin Cabaret. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1993.
Kaes, Anton. Jay, Martin. Dimendberg, Edward. The Weimar Republic Sourcebook. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.
Kobal, John. Great Film Stills of the German Silent Era. New York: Dover, 1981.
Large, David Clay. Berlin. New York: Basic Books, 2000.
McCormick, Richard W. Gender and Sexuality in Weimar Germany. New York: Palgrave, 2001.
Meskimmon, Marsha. We Weren't Modern Enough: Women Artists and the Limits of German Modernism. Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1999.
Michalski, Sergiusz. New Objectivity. Taschen, 1994.
Page, Norman. Auden and Isherwood: The Berlin Years. New York: St. Martins, 1998.
Palmer, Torsten. The Weimer Republic: through the lens of the press. Koneman, 2000.
Petro, Patrice. Joyless Streets. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1989.
Richie, Alexandra. Faust's Metropolis. New York: Carol & Graf, 1998.
Saunders, Thomas J.. Hollywood in Berlin. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.
Schrader, Barbel. Schebera, Jurgen. The "Golden" Twenties. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1988.
Tatar, Maria. Lustmord: Sexual Murder in Weimar Germany. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1995.
Wager, Jans B. Dangerous Dames. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1999.
Ward, Janet. Weimar Surfaces. Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 2001.
Willett, John. Art & Politics in the Weimar Period. New York: Pantheon, 1978.
Willett, John. The Weimar Years: A Culture Cut Short. London: Thames & Hudson, 1984.
Willett, John. The Theatre of the Weimar Republic. New York: Holmes & Meier, 1988.
Wolsdorff, Christian. Berlin Yesterday. Corte Madera, California: Gingko Press, 1998.
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