Books & Essays

While Kubrick's released cinematic output is relatively low compared to his peers of the 20th Century, he seems to be one of the most written-about film artists of all time. No doubt that Kubrick has certainly inspired many artists of many disciplines who may only indicate the Kubrick influence in their work, for those aware and paying close attention!

In addition to the resources below, here's a great place to start: Wikipedia SK Bibliography.

TASCHEN RELEASES - By far the most impressive-looking book series on Kubrick - coffee table style with lots of images.

AMAZON "STANLEY KUBRICK" SEARCH RESULTS - Let me help you save some key strokes. Click this headline for the latest/greatest book results on AMAZON.COM. Probably won't include everything under the sun (also try EBAY, but the results should keep you busy for quite a while.

THE KUBRICK SITE - This website is noted in dedicated resources, but it deserves repeating for its library of essays.

More Regarding Essays: There are hundreds of master-level essays and articles about Kubrick and his works to be found on the internet. Not to mention thousands of stories tailored for mass media distribution, some linked in the "Lucky to be Alive" section of this website. And who knows how many professional pieces have been composed for institutions (schools, companies, governments) that cannot be easily discovered on internet, hiding away in some dust-covered file box, not unlike Kubrick's infamous home filing system? Some of the other notable Kubrick-dedicated websites listed above feature long lists of excellent essays and articles - please explore! The Webmaster hopes to collect essays for reprinting as time allows, and write more of his own. That said, here is the webmaster's personal contribution to the field of Kubrick Essays, what I feel is a unique (or little discussed) POV on Kubrick's last masterpiece, "Eyes Wide Shut": Kubrick’s "Eyes Wide Shut": Changing the Form...and Then Some!

Kubrick-related books read and/or recommended by (including but not limited to):

All Related Taschen Releases - Lots of pictures and text, you won't be disappointed.

On Kubrick (by James Naremore, BFI, 2007). Thick read, but worth it!

Kubrick: The Definitive Edition (by Michel Ciment, Faber & Faber, 2003). Contains a great intro by Martin Scorsese. Lots of images to break up the text. Wonderful coffee-table book!

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (by Christiane Kubrick, Little, Brown and Co, 2002). A nice-sized coffee table book with tons of images and insights. Produced by Kubrick's widow with a forward by Steven Spielberg.

Eyes Wide Shut (by Michel Chion, BFI, 2002). Interesting analysis of the last masterpiece.

The Encyclopedia of Stanley Kubrick (by Gene D. Phillips & Rodney Hill, Checkmark Books, 2002)

Stanley Kubrick: A Narrative and Stylistic Analysis (by Mario Falsetto, Praeger Publishers, 2001). If you think there's a method to the madness, Falsetto details it for you.

Kubrick (by Michael Herr, Grove Press, 2000). A great short read by a man who collaborated with SK on his later films and called him "friend" since 1980.

Kubrick: Inside a Film Artist's Maze (by Thomas Allen Nelson, Indiana U Press, 2000). Fascinating read, and highly recommended by many Kubrickians.

Kubrick's 2001: A Triple Allegory (by Leonard F. Wheat, Scarecrow Press, 2000).

Stanley Kubrick, Director: A Visual Analysis (by Walker, Taylor, and Ruchti, W.W. Norton & Company, 1999)

Eyes Wide Open: A Memoir of Stanley Kubrick (by Frederic Raphael, Ballantine Books,1999) - Raphael was the co-writer of the script, last person to work with him in this capacity. It's acidic, but interesting.

Eyes Wide Shut: A Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick & Frederic Raphael, with translated Novella by Arthur Schnitzler (Published by Time Warner, 1999). The screenplay is pretty much the transcription of the released film, therefore not what was necessarily written before shooting/editing. However, the book includes the rare 1926 Novella by Arthur Schnitzler (contemporary of Freud) that inspired Kubrick to by all the rights and copies in the late 1960's and produce EWS almost 30 years later. Fascinating to read the source material and read the lines in script form.

Stanley Kubrick: A Biography (by John Baxter, Carol & Graf Publishers, 1997). An intense read, like the writer was by SK's side every step of the way!

The Making of 2001 (by Jerome Agel, Signet, 1970). One of the first books about Kubrick and/or his films. A collectible classic if you can find an early edition!