Orson Welles bibliography

This is a bibliography of books by or about the director and actor Orson Welles.

Books by Orson Welles

Books about Orson Welles


  • Bessy, Maurice. Orson Welles: An investigation into his films and philosophy. Crown, 1971. (abridged translation of French-language biography, first published in Paris in 1963)
  • Brady, Frank. Citizen Welles: A Biography of Orson Welles. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1989. ISBN 0-385-26759-2
  • Callow, Simon. Orson Welles: The Road to Xanadu. London: Jonathan Cape, 1995. (biography covering 1915-41)
  • ______________. Orson Welles: Hello Americans. London: Jonathan Cape, 2006. (biography covering 1941-7)
  • ______________. Orson Welles: Some Kind of a Magician. London: Jonathan Cape, 2015. (forthcoming; biography covering 1948-85)
  • Fowler, Roy Alexander. Orson Welles: A First Biography. London: Pendulum Publications, 1946.
  • Heylin, Clinton. Despite the System: Orson Welles Versus the Hollywood Studios. Chicago Review Press, 2005. ISBN 1-55652-547-8
  • Higham, Charles. Orson Welles: The Rise and Fall of an American Genius. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1985.
  • Biskind, Peter (ed.), Jaglom, Henry. My Lunches With Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles. New York: Metropolitan Books (Henry Holt and Company), 2013. ISBN 9780805097252
  • Leaming, Barbara. Orson Welles. New York: Viking, 1985.
  • McBride, Joseph. Orson Welles. Harcourt Brace, 1977.
  • Noble, Peter. The Fabulous Orson Welles. London: Hutchinson and Co., 1956.
  • Tarbox, Todd. Orson Welles and Roger Hill: A Friendship in Three Acts. Albany, Georgia: BearManor Media, 2013. ISBN 1-59393-260-X
  • Valentinetti, Claudio M. Orson Welles. Florence: La Nuova Italia, 1980. (Italian)

Studies of Citizen Kane

  • Berthomé, Jean-Paul and Thomas, François. Citizen Kane. Paris: Flammarion, 1992. (French)
  • Carringer, Robert. The Making of Citizen Kane. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.
  • Gottesman, Ronald (ed.). Focus on Citizen Kane. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1971.
  • ______________________. Perspectives on Citizen Kane. New York: G.K. Hall/Macmillan, 1996.
  • Kael, Pauline (ed.). The Citizen Kane Book. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1971.
  • Lebo, Harlan. Citizen Kane: The Fiftieth Anniversary Album. New York: Doubleday, 1990.
  • ______________________. Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker’s Journey. New York: WGI Publishing, 2000. (Revised edition of the above book)
  • Mulvey, Laura. Citizen Kane. London: BFI, 1992.
  • Naremore, James (ed.). Orson Welles's Citizen Kane: a Casebook. Oxford University Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0-19-515892-2
  • Roy, Jean. Citizen Kane [de] Orson Welles: étude critique. Paris: Nathan, 1989. (French)
  • Walsh, John Evangelist. Walking Shadows: Orson Welles, William Randolph Hearst and Citizen Kane. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004.

Studies of other individual Welles films

  • Benamou, Catherine L. It's All True: Orson Welles's Pan-American Odyssey. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. (about the unfinished film It's All True)
  • Carringer, Robert. The Magnificent Ambersons: a Reconstruction. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. ISBN 0-520-07857-8
  • Cobos, Juan, and Esteve Riambau. Don Quijote: páginas del guión cinematográfico de Orson Welles. Madrid: Asociación de Directores de Escena de España, 1992. (about the unfinished film Don Quixote) (Spanish)
  • Comito, Terry (ed.). Touch of Evil. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1985. (screenplay)
  • Del Ministro, Maurizio. Othello di Welles. Rome: Bulzoni, 2000. (about Othello) (Italian)
  • Gellert Lyons, Bridget (ed.) Welles, Orson. Chimes at Midnight. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1988.
  • Karp, Josh. An Adventure Shared by Desperate Men (That Finally Came to Nothing). New York: St. Martin's Press, 2014/5. (forthcoming book on the unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind)
  • Mac Liammóir, Micháel. Put Money in Thy Purse: The Making of Orson Welles's Othello. London: Methuen, 1952. (revised edition in 1978)
  • Perkins, V. F. The Magnificent Ambersons. London: BFI, 1999.
  • Strobel, Ricarda. Propagandafilm und Melodrama: Untersuchungen zu Alfred Hitchcocks "Lifeboat" und Orson Welles' "The Stranger". Berlin: Eissenschaftler-verlag, 1984. (German)
  • Thieme, Claudia. F for Fake and the Growth in Complexity of Orson Welles' Documentary Form. New York: Peter Lang, 1997.
  • Trias, Jean-Phillipe. Le Procès d'Orson Welles. Paris: Cahiers du cinéma / CNDP, 2005. (about The Trial) (French)

Studies of multiple Welles films

  • Rosenbaum, Jonathan (trans.), Bazin, André. Orson Welles. Harper and Row, 1978.
  • Bogdanovich, Peter. The Cinema of Orson Welles. New York: Film Library of the Museum of Modern Art, 1961.
  • Cowie, Peter. The Cinema of Orson Welles. Da Capo Press, 1973.
  • Drössler, Stefan, (ed.). The Unknown Orson Welles. Munich: Filmmuseum München/belleville Verlag, 2004. (about Welles's unfinished films; text in three languages) (English) (French) (German)
  • Garis, Robert. The Films of Orson Welles. Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • Gottesman, Ronald (ed.). Focus on Orson Welles. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1976.
  • Higham, Charles. The Films of Orson Welles. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1970.
  • Howard, James. The Complete Films of Orson Welles. Citadel Press, 1991.
  • McBride, Joseph. Orson Welles. Da Capo Press, 1996. (heavily revised edition of a 1972 monograph)
  • ________________. What Ever Happened to Orson Welles? A Portrait of an Independent Career. Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 2006.
  • Nagel, Elsa. L'Art du Mensonge et de la Vérité: Orson Welles, Le Procès et Une Histoire Immortelle. Paris: L'Harmattan, 1997. (about The Trial, The Immortal Story and F for Fake) (French)
  • Naremore, James. The Magic World of Orson Welles. Southern Methodist University Press, 1989. ISBN 0-87074-299-X (revised edition, first published by Oxford University Press in 1978)
  • Rasmussen, Randy. Orson Welles: Six Films, Scene by Scene, New York: McFarland, 2006
  • Rippy, Marguerite. Orson Welles and the Unfinished RKO Projects: A Postmodern Perspective. Southern Illinois University Press, 2009. ISBN 0-8093-2912-3

Studies of Welles's theatre work

  • Anderegg, Michael. Orson Welles, Shakespeare and Popular Culture. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.
  • France, Richard. The Theatre of Orson Welles. Lewisburg, Pennsylvania: Bucknell University Press, 1977. ISBN 0-8387-1972-4

Studies of Welles's radio work

Memoirs prominently featuring Welles

  • Feder, Chris Welles. In My Father's Shadow: A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2009. ISBN 978-1-56512-599-5
  • Graver, Gary, with Rausch, Andrew J. Making Movies with Orson Welles; A Memoir. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2008. ISBN 0-8108-6140-2
  • Heston, Charlton. In the Arena: An Autobiography. Simon & Schuster, 1995.
  • Houseman, John. Run Through: A Memoir. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1972. ISBN 0-671-21034-3
  • _______________. Front and Center: A Memoir. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1979. ISBN 0-671-24328-4
  • _______________. Final Dress: A Memoir. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1983.
  • _______________. Unfinished Business: A Memoir, London: Chatto & Windus, 1986.
  • Huston, John. An Open Book. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1980. ISBN 9780394404653
  • Mac Liammóir, Micháel. All for Hecuba: An Irish Theatrical Biography. Dublin: Branden Books, 1967.


  • Anile, Alberto. Orson Welles in Italy. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013. (English translation of book first published in Italian in 2006)
  • Beja, Morris, ed. Perspectives on Orson Welles. G. K. Hall, 1995.
  • Berg, Chuck and Erskine, Tom (ed.). The Encyclopedia of Orson Welles. Checkmark Books, 2003.
  • Berthomé, Jean-Paul and Thomas, François. Orson Welles at Work. London: Phaidon, 2008. (English translation of book first published in French in 2006)
  • Ciment, Michel. "Les Enfants Terribles" in American Film, December 1984. (French)
  • Conrad, Peter. Orson Welles: The Stories of His Life. London: Faber and Faber, 2003.
  • D'Angela, Toni (ed.). Nelle terre di Orson Welles. Alessandria: Edizioni Falsopiano, 2004.
  • Davies, Anthony. Filming Shakespeare's Plays. Cambridge University Press, 1988.
  • Drazin, Charles. In Search of the Third Man. Limelight, 2000.
  • Duncan, Paul. Orson Welles: Pocket Essentials. London: Pocket Books, 2000.
  • Gosling, John. "Waging the War of the Worlds". McFarland & Company, Inc, 2009.
  • Greene, Graham. The Third Man. London: Faber and Faber, 1991.
  • Hormiga, G., M.A. Arnedo & R.G. Gillespie. "Speciation on a Conveyor Belt: Sequential Colonization of the Hawaiian Islands by "Orsonwelles" spiders (Araneae: Linyphiidae)., Syst. Biol. 52, 2003, 89–109.
  • Ishaghpour, Youssef. Orson Welles, cinéaste, une caméra visible, éditions de la différence, 2001. (French)
  • Jorgens, Jack J. Shakespeare on Film. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1977.
  • Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "Orson Welles's Essay Films and Documentary Fictions", in Placing Movies. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995.
  • _____________________. "The Battle Over Orson Welles", in Essential Cinema. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.
  • _____________________. "Orson Welles as Ideological Challenge" in Movie Wars. A Capella Books, 2000.
  • _____________________. Discovering Orson Welles. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. ISBN 0-520-25123-7
  • Shakespeare Bulletin, Volume 23, Number 1, Spring 2005: Special Welles issue.
  • Simon, William G., (ed.). "Special Welles issue", in: Persistence of Vision: The Journal of the Film Faculty of the City University of New York; Number 7, 1989.
  • Simonson, Robert. "Orson's Shadow Talkback Series Continues May 4 with Welles's Daughter." May 3, 2005.
  • Taylor, John Russell. Orson Welles: a Celebration. Pavilion, 1986.
  • ___________________. Orson Welles. Pavilion, 1998.
  • Tonguette, Peter Prescott. Orson Welles Remembered: Interviews With His Actors, Editors, Cinematographers and Magicians. New York: McFarland, 2007. ISBN 978-0-7864-2760-4
  • Walters, Ben. Welles. London: Haus Publishing, 2004. ISBN 978-1-904341-80-2
  • Whaley, Barton. Orson Welles: The Man Who Was Magic, Lybrary.com, 2005. ASIN B005HEHQ7E
  • White, Rob. The Third Man. London: BFI, 2003.
  • Wood, Bret. Orson Welles: a Bio-Bibliography. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1990. ISBN 0-313-26538-0

Written fiction featuring Welles as a character

Graphic novels

  • Camus, David and Abadzis, Nick. The Cigar That Fell In Love With a Pipe: Featuring Orson Welles & Rita Hayworth. SelfMadeHero, New York, 2014.




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