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Buster Keaton

The Man Who Wouldn’t Lie Down

2002
Author:

Tom Dardis

Buster Keaton

The definitive biography of the silent film great—now back in print!

The silent screen’s “Great Stone Face,” and arguably its most prodigious comedian, Buster Keaton is famous for films such as The General and The Navigator. Dardis traces both the development and decline of this great performer with compassion and accuracy, from his childhood in vaudeville to his glory days as a silent screen star and MGM contract actor, his descent into alcoholism, and his twilight years as a nearly forgotten relic of the era.

Tom Dardis has produced the definitive life. I don’t think it will ever be superseded. . . . It is scholarly yet readable, the fullest, most objective and factually detailed book on virtually every aspect of Buster’s career and personality: artistic, financial, and psychological.

New York Review of Books

The silent screen’s "Great Stone Face," and arguably its most prodigious comedian, Buster Keaton is famous for films such as The General and The Navigator. Tom Dardis traces both the development and the decline of this great performer with compassion and accuracy, from his childhood in vaudeville to his glory days as a silent screen star and MGM contract actor, his descent into alcoholism, and his twilight years as a nearly forgotten relic of the era.


Buster Keaton

Tom Dardis is professor emeritus of English at John Jay College of the City University of New York.

Buster Keaton

Tom Dardis has produced the definitive life. I don’t think it will ever be superseded. . . . It is scholarly yet readable, the fullest, most objective and factually detailed book on virtually every aspect of Buster’s career and personality: artistic, financial, and psychological.

New York Review of Books

Dardis’s writing is delightful. The pictures add life to the words. This readably packaged and printed book is a must for all silent film fans. The results are funny and lovely and painfully sad, much like a Keaton movie.

Richmond News Leader

Tom Dardis’s biography provides the fullest study yet of Buster Keaton’s life and work.

Sight and Sound