A splendid anthology -Kevin Brownlow, author of The Parade's Gone By and Hollywood: The Pioneers. This pathbreaking work will become our most valuable resource on the performers of the American silent screen. Hollywood was the new frontier of the 20th century. ( The last Klondike, Gary Cooper called it.) Here are brief biographies of 176 people who won leading roles plus more dramatic reports on 33 of them-how they reached fame and fortune, some sad and happy endings, analyses of the images of America they presented. Two special chapters: Pickford and Fairbanks, Swanson and Valentino.