|About the Book|
Now in paperback. William Desmond Taylor (1872-1922) was a leading silent film director remembered as the victim of Hollywoods most sensational unsolved murder, which shook the nation and shattered the reputations of several top Hollywood stars. Until now, Taylors film career and leadership role in the Hollywood film industry have been completely overshadowed by the scandal of his death. By reprinting over 400 items from contemporary newspapers, magazines, and trade journals, the book reveals Taylors life in Hollywood_from his arrival as a minor actor in 1912 until his death in 1922 as one of Hollywoods top directors. These annotated clippings and articles, many containing Taylors own words, provide substantial insight into Hollywood life and film production during the decade that transformed Hollywood into the movie capital of the world. Included in the book is the most extensive filmography of Taylors work ever published. Taylors murder is also examined, including a critical analysis of two published solutions to the crime.