The Slide Area is a monthly book review column by film historian Anthony Slide which has appeared in Classic Images since January 1989. This anthology collects over 300 reviews published in the column through December 1991. For each book, the reviewer provides bibliographic data, information as to content, and his own inimitable commentary, which combines both a thorough knowledge of the subject to hand and an understanding of each title's relative merit. Lillian Gish has called Slide "Our preeminent historian of the silent film era," and the Los Angeles Times has described him as a "one-man publishing phenomenon." This anthology will be useful both to librarians and to researchers in tracking down film and television books of the past three years, many of which have not been reviewed in library-oriented publications. Indexes.
As the author or editor of more than fifty books on the history of popular entertainment, published over the past twenty years, Anthony Slide is uniquely qualified to critique the work of others in the field. He has served as both associate archivist of the American Film Institute and resident film historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is editor of the Scarecrow Filmmakers Series.