incredible popularity in his lifetime is comparable to the celebrities of
today such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. With his premature passing
in 1926, interest in Rudolph Valentino has not really waned, but grown
steadily through the years. Therefore, like other film stars who died
at a young age, he is the subject of many a biography, some good, some bad
and some really wretched.
The list that follows is not a wholly complete list, nor is it intended
to be. It will give you a good start with regard to a reading list.
My ambitions vaulted high above the earth and fastened
themselves to the immemorial stars. I wanted Fame. I wanted LOVE. I wanted
my name to ring around the world. And I wanted that name to awaken love in
the world as it went its ringing round.
Rudolph Valentino, 1923
Books and Articles by Rudolph Valentino
- Daydreams (1923) MacFadden Publications, Inc. (New
York). A book of poetry authored by Valentino. This book is not too
difficult to locate.
- Daydreams (1923) Hurst and Blackett, Ltd. (London). Also
published in a rare softbound version in 1924.
- Sogni ad occhi aperti (Day Dreams). Italian edition
translated by Marinella Grosa. (1995) Libreria Petrini Torino (Italy).
- How You Can Keep Fit (1923) MacFadden Publications (New
York). This was originally published in Liberty Magazine in the 20's and
republished again in the 1930's. Thanks to Jim Lovelace for the image.
- My Private Diary (1929) Occult Publishing Company
(Chicago). Originally published in Movie Weekly Magazine in serial
form from February 1924 to August 1924. Valentino's travel diaries from
his first trip back to Europe in 1923 after becoming a star. This book was
available in hardback as well as paperback.
- The Intimate Journal of Rudolph Valentino (1931) William
Faro, Inc. (New York). This book is reported to be the private journal of
Valentino. It is ghosted and heavily fictionalized and I would say it is
not the least bit authentic. Does make for an interesting read one time
Books about Rudolph Valentino
- Valentino as I Knew Him by S. George Ullman. (1926) Macy-Masius
Publishers. One of my favorite books on Valentino since it was written by a
person who knew him and shows the real side of Valentino as a person. I
recommend it highly. The book is not too hard to locate as it sold in the
thousands shortly after his passing and was reprinted the following year in
a popular edition (see below). This book was also published in the UK,
France, Finland and other countries.
- Valentino as I Knew Him by S. George Ullman (1927) A.L.
Burt. This is the book in a popular edition with a different dust jacket and
half the photos as the first edition.
- Rudy: An Intimate Portrait of Rudolph Valentino by his
wife Natacha Rambova.
(1926) Hutchinson & Co. Ltd. (London). Not an easy book to locate. This book
only had one printing in 1926 and next to How You Can Keep Fit is one of the most difficult
- Rudolph Valentino Recollections by Natacha Rambova. (1927)
Jacobson Hodgkinson Company. A cheap paperback edition, abridged of
Rambova's book. More readily available than the hardback, but difficult to
find in good condition.
- The Life and Loves of Rudolph Valentino (1926)
Biographical booklet published after Valentino's passing in 1926.
- Rudolph Valentino - His Romantic Life and Death by
Ben-Allah. (1926) Ben-Allah, Co. (California).
- La Vie Amoureuse de Rudolph Valentino by Edouard Ramond.
(1926) Librairie Baudiniere (France).
- Rudolph Valentino Sa Vie - Ses Films - Ses Aventures
(1926) Les Publications Jean-Pascal (Paris, France)
- Het liefde-leven van Rudolph Valentino by J. G. Burdon.
(1927) Koloniale Boek Centrale (Amsterdam).
- Rodolfo Valentino cavaliere dell'amore by Sarah Weskaja.
(1927) Licino Cappelli Editore Bologna (Italy).
- Rodolfo Valentino by Ivan Pissilenko (1927) Edizioni
Vitagliano (Milan, Italy).
- Avventure d'Amore di Rodolfo Valentino by Ligurgo
Serradifalco, (1927) Ediziono Pervinca (Milan, Italy).
- Die Liebesabenteuer des Rudolf Valentino by Ligurgo
Serradifalco, (1927) Verlag Ross GmbH (Berlin, Germany).
- La vita amorosa di Rodolfo Valentino by Edouard Ramond.
Translated by Enrico Piceni. (1927) A. Mondadori Milano (Italy).
- Los Amores d Rodolfo Valentino by Edouard Ramond.
Translated by A.O. Sole. (1927) Films Selctos, Bacelona.
- What the Fans Think of Rudy Valentino - A Memorial Book
by Charles Mank, Jr. (1929)
- Valentino: The Unforgotten by Roger C. Peterson. (1937)
Wetzel Publishing Co. This book has the odd twist of being a tribute to
Valentino by the fans who make a pilgrimage to his gravesite.
- Remember Valentino by Beulah Livingstone (1938). A little
paper magazine/book of recollections of Valentino along with a complete
synopsis of his two final films The Eagle and The Son of the Sheik.
Lots of photos, but since the book is essentially newsprint, not too high in
quality. It was published to coincide with the 1938 reissue of the two
- Rodolfo Valentino Avventure Amorose by Licurgo
Serradifalco (1944) Italian Book Company, New York, NY (U.S. reprint of
- Die Liebsabendeuer des Rudolf
Valentino (1927) Verlag Ross, Berlin.
- Valentino by Alan Arnold. (1952) Hutchinson & Co,
- Rodolfo Valentino En el 25th Aniversario de su Muerte by Jesus Basañez
Arrese (1951) Graficas Bilbao (Spain). A nice lavishly illustrated bio to
commemorate Rudy 25 years after his passing. Issued in paperback and
- Rudolph Valentino, The Man Behind the Myth by Robert Oberfirst.
(1962) Citadel Press [Library of Congress Catalogue No. 62-21008]. This book
is dedicated to Nita Naldi who was Valentino's co-star in several films.
This book was republished in 1977 in paperback format.
- Ciao Rudy by Luigi Magni (1965) Cappelli Editore Rocca San Giovanni (Italy).
- Valentino, An
Intimate Shocking Expose by Brad Steiger and Chaw Mank (1966) MacFadden
Books. It was issued with a very nice cover for the U.K. edition
paperback. This little volume is really stinko, avoid it if you can.
by Irving Shulman (1967) Trident Press, division of Simon and Schuster
[Library of Congress Catalogue No. 66-12335]. One of the earlier "trash the
celebrity" biographies. The book focuses a great deal on Valentino's funeral
and in between there is a great deal of imaginative dialogue! This book
focuses on the death of Valentino and the circus of the New York riots at Campbells, it’s very thorough in that respect.
- The Magic of Rudolph
Valentino by Norman A. Mackenzie. Research Publishing Co. [ISBN
0-7050-0018-4] Before Emily Leider’s 2003 biography (see below) This along
with the Alexander Walker book was the preferred modern biography of
Valentino. This books is flawed in that it relies upon the book The Intimate
Journal of Rudolph Valentino as fact, aside from that, it’s good general bio.
Currently out of print in the U.S., but you may be able to find it in a book
- The Intimate Life of Rudolph Valentino by Jack Scagnetti. (1975)
Jonathan David Publishers [ISBN 0-8426-0197-1]. This book is the
recollections of a former employee of Rudolph Valentino and Natacha Rambova,
Luther Mahoney. An interesting insight into Valentino the man as well as
some thoughts on Natacha Rambova.
- Rodolfo Valentino by Sergio Trinchero &
Sergio Russo. (1975) Priuli & Verlucca. This is a small Italian photo
book, the image quality is terrible.
- Rudolph Valentino by Alexander
Walker. (1976) Stein and Day [ISBN 0-8128-2098-1]. Another good modern era
biography of Valentino. Recommended along with the Norman MacKenzie volume
- Valentino - The Love God by Neil Botham and Brad Donnelly.
(1976) Everest Books.
- Valentino, The True Life Story by Vincent Tajiri.
(1977) Bantam Books.
- Valentino by Robert Oberfirst. Italian edition
translated by Bruno Oddera. (1977) Longonesi & C.Milano (Italy).
Valentino By Jeanne DeRecqueville. (1977) Empire Editions (Paris), also
printed in Canada by Presses Select (1978).
- Valentino La Seduccion Manipulada by Antonio Tello and
Gonzalo Otero Pizarro (1978) Editori Bruguera (Barcelona, Spain)
- There's a New Star in Heaven .. Valentino (1979)
International Filmfestpiele Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
- Il Mistero Rodolfo Valentino by
Leo Pantaleo. (1995) Idea Books Milano (Italy).
- Rudolph & Rodolfo - La Vita Breve e Felice di Valentino by Vito Attolini (1995) Schena Editore (Italy).
- Rodolfo Valentino Una Mitologia Per Immagini by Chicca Guglielmi Morone and
Antonio Miredi. (1996) Libreria Petrini Torino (Italy).
- Valentino Lo Schermo Della Passione Paola Cristalli
(ed.) (1997) TransEuropa (Italy)
ISBN: 88 7828 110 7
- Dark Lover: The Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino by
Emily W. Leider (2003) Farrar, Straus and Giroux (US) ISBN: 0374282390.
The best modern biography of Valentino to date.
- Valentino Forever by Tracy Terhune (2004) Authorhouse Books. A chronicle of the annual memorial services held at Hollywood
Memorial Park (now Hollywood Forever). ISBN: 1418405221.
- The Valentino Mystique by Allan Ellenberger (2005)
McFarland A great reference tool for the Valentino fan, many great tools
for your research into Valentino life and untimely death. ISBN: 0-7864-1950-4.
- Valentino: The Unforgotten by Roger C. Peterson, edited
by Tracy Terhune (2007) Authorhouse Books. ISBN: 1425996736.
Tracy Terhune has republished and expanded this rare 1937 book and added
- Rudolph Valentino - The Silent Idol His Life in Photographs
by Donna L. Hill (2010) Blurb Books, ISBN: 978-0-615-30912-5. Yes, it is a
little egotistical to list my own book here, can't help it, I am proud of
A Few of the Stranger Books in the Lexicon of Valentino Ephemera
Return of Rudolph Valentino by Rev. Carol E. McKinstry. (1952) Kirby & Gee
(Los Angeles). One of wackier titles in the cannon of books on Rudolph
Valentino. In 1938, while living in England, Rudy appeared to Carol McKinstry
and dictated the story from beyond the grave as a "warning throughout the
- Rudolph Valentino is My Spirit Friend by Anna Lou
Erhard. (1959) William-Frederick Press (New York). Biographical report of
an intimate psychic experience. Need I say anything more?
- The Voice of Valentino by Lynn Russell (1965). Spirit
messages from Valentino through the medium, the late Leslie Flint.
- Valentino Speaks - The Wisdom of Rudolph Valentino by
Wayne Hatford (2011) Whitley Heights Publishing ISBN: 978-0983343608
-"Valentino’s observations on life propel you on a uniquely beautiful
mind, heart, and soul expanding experience."
Books Relating to Valentino
- Madame Valentino: The Many Lives of Natacha
Rambova by Michael Morris. Abbeville Press [ISBN 1-55859-136-2]. A heavily
researched book on Rudolph Valentino's second wife. There are a few candid
family photos of Rudy and Natacha in the book. A must read, Natacha
was a fascinating woman, far ahead of her time, much maligned and
misunderstood, rightly or wrongly, Rudy loved her and this book helps
- Beyond the Rocks by Elinor Glyn, The Macauley Company,
1922. Pictoral dust jacket and 4 illustrations from the film inside.
- Blood and Sand by Vincente Blasco-Ibañez,
E.P. Dutton, Illustrated Edition, August 1922, September 1922, and
October, 1922. Pictoral dust jacket and 16 illustrations from the
film inside. This edition can be difficult to locate in any form,
nearly impossible with a dust jacket.
- Cobra by Martin Brown and Russell Holman, Grosset and
Dunlap, 1925. Pictoral dust jacket and 6 illustrations from the film
- Cobra by Martin Brown and Russell Holman, Readers
Library (UK edition), 1925. Pictoral dust jacket, no interior
- The Eagle by Hayter Preston and Henry Savage, Readers
Library (UK edition), 1925. Pictoral dust jacket, no interior
- L'Aigle Noir, French illustrated edition, softbound.
- El Aguila Negra, Spanish illustrated edition, softbound.
- The Four Horsemen of the Apocalyspe by Vincente
Blasco-Ibañez, A.L. Burt Company, 1920's
edition, pictoral dust jacket, no interior illustrations.
- Monsieur Beaucaire by Booth Tarkington, Grosset and
Dunlap, 1924. Pictoral dust jacket, illustrated endwraps and 6
illustrations from the film inside.
- The Sheik by E.M. Hull, Readers Library (UK edition),
1922. Pictoral dust jacket, 1 interior illustration.
- Le Cheik, French illustrated edition, softbound.
- The Sons of the Sheik by E.M. Hull, A.L. Burt Company,
1926, art dust jacket, 4 illustrations from the film inside.
- The Sons of the Sheik by E.M. Hull, Nash's Popular
Library (UK edition), 1926, pictoral dust jacket, no interior
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