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The King of the Movies

The King of the Movies: Film Pioneer, Siegmund Lubin, by Joseph P. Eckhardt, published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, IS NOW AVAILABLE. This first full-length biography of America's first movie mogul is extensively illustrated with 119 vintage photographs and film stills, most never published before. 286 pages. ISBN: 0-8386-3728-0. List price, $55.

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or contact the publisher:
Associated University Presses,
440 Forsgate Drive, Cranbury, NJ 08512
(609) 655-4770
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"...it's hard to believe that a figure as important and influential as Siegmund Lubin, clearly a formidable rival of Edison in this field, had been relegated to the shadows.... Thanks to Joseph Eckhardt's skillful excavation of the obscured career of this amazing force, Lubin himself has been restored and preserved." --Diane MacIntyre, The Silents Majority

"...an interesting, often completely fresh story, well told. You do not have to be interested in early motion pictures to find this a fascinating story."--David Pierce, Silent Film Sources


"...Along with its eminently readable and historically valuable text the work is so rigorously annotated and footnoted that the references can function by themselves as springboards for more study into diverse areas...." "--Paul C. Pottash, in SIXTEEN FRAMES, Journal of the Movie Machine Society, Spring, 1998.

"...One of the most interesting elements of the book involves Eckhardt's felicitous use of...oral histories, which he appears to have been collecting over a twenty year period. His use of oral testimony to flesh out the written record, along with his clear analysis of surviving film materials, is a model of well balanced historical analysis...."--Richard Koszarski, in FILM HISTORY: An International Journal, (10, 4, 1998).

"a solid, scholarly account of a most mercurial and melodramatic figure. It is an important book in that it chronicles the genius and ingenuity of a man who immediately recognized the technological and artistic capabilities of something largely dismissed as a novelty."--Carrie Rickey, in The Philadelphia Inquirer

To contact author: jeckhard@mc3.edu

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