Rudolph Valentino: The Silent Idol
His Life in Photographs
At long last I am very proud to announce the publication and availability of
Rudolph Valentino: The Silent Idol His Life in Photographs.
The book may be ordered directly from the publisher here:
The Silent Idol at Blurb.com
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Clicking the link above will allow you to preview 20+ pages of the book
The feedback on the book has been overwhelmingly positive. I'm so happy that
people are thrilled with it! I hope to be posting more feedback here
from emails I have been receiving. I can only state that they have
been 110% positive.
Here's sample email:
Margaret M., has always thought your calendars have been beautiful. your
Newsletters marvelous, but your new book has even surpassed them. She
has the book and is just savoring it . The photographs are just amazing.
She asked me to tell you how much she is enjoying it. Thank You so very
much. - Steve M.
Blurb.com allows posting of comments, here's a most beautiful expression:
What a beautiful, touching tribute to an amazing man....I felt as if I
was watching a silent film, filled with images I hadn't seen before and
Rudy's life was unfolding before me. The simplicity of the pages showcases
each photograph as a precious work of art....and captures his bittersweet
life so poignantly, but more important, captures his vibrant essence that
will carry on forever. - Kimberley T.
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It has taken many years for this project to gestate and morph into the book as
it is now published today. For those who have been visiting and
emailing waiting, I
know it has been a long time. I hope in the end you will find the wait
well worth it. I feel your (and my) patience has paid off.
In many respects the length of time it has taken the book to come to
fruition has been a real benefit. Ideal, in fact, as so many wonderful images
became available only recently. This has all been beneficial and added
immeasurably to the depth and quality of the book. Originally
intended to have approximately 200 photos, the finished book now boasts
400 images. Many of the images are previously unpublished.
Many other images have not been published since they were originally in the
1920s in newspapers and fan magazines.
Numerous fellow collectors and fans of Valentino contributed to this volume.
I've also had the blessing of Valentino family with this project in the form
of some rare and previously unpublished candid snapshots of Valentino.
The Foreword is by Emily Leider, author of Dark Lover: The
Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino. It's an honor to have her
name associated with this project.
You may well ask why will this book be so expensive since the book is a soft cover
format. The answer to this lies with the choice of publisher and in
the quality of the publication.
Please believe I researched many options for self-publishing a quality photo
book before making the final selection of blurb.com. Many of the
"vanity press" publishers that are, in reality, offshoots of the major publishing houses cost
multiple thousands of dollars to get your book in print. The services
they provide offer very
limited perks with regard to design, page count and number of images
allowed. They were also inflexible on price, nearly three times the
price from blurb.com. In the end, blurb.com has proven to
be the best choice for me and what my goal was for this "coffee table book"
on Rudolph Valentino. blurb.com is most flexible with regard to book design
and images and, affordability.
Once again, to everyone who has helped with this book, those who have
written many emails inquiring about the book and encouraging me to complete
it, I cannot thank you enough. This has been a labor of love, truly.
It's a way to share some wonderful photos and shed a little light on a
figure that still has a mystical appeal, even in today's cynical world.
It's heartwarming to meet so many fans of Valentino, even virtually through
this website. I think he'd be flattered so many still have an interest
and I think he'd be amazed.