Picture by Lillian Ross

In the spring of 1950, when New Yorker staff writer Lillian Ross heard that John Huston was planning to make a film of Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage, she decided she would follow the movie's progress "in order to learn whatever I might learn about the American motion-picture industry." What resulted was Picture, which Newsweek has called "the best book on Hollywood ever published." Picture received raves from the worlds of film and literature in equal measure for its unforgettable portrait of the language, the ways, and the preoccupations of Hollywood: Charlie Chaplin called Picture "brilliant and sagacious" and legendary editor William Shawn termed it "the definitive book on the Hollywood community." Little wonder, then, that when the Top 100 Works of U.S. Journalism of the Twentieth Century were chosen by the New York University Department of Journalism and a distinguished panel that included David Brinkley, Pete Hamill, Jeff Greenfield, Mary McGrory, and Morley Safer, Picture had an honored place on that list.

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The 1211th greatest nonfiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction (About.com)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Picture Paperback 7827809 $1.07 1986
PICTURE (Cinema classics) Hardcover 11262859 $10.57 1985
Picture Kindle Edition 506216 $9.99 2002
Picture Paperback 9793982 $28.94 $14.98 2002
Picture Hardcover 8668759 $35.00
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Picture Paperback 744160 $95.55 $32.50 1993
Picture (Modern Library) Hardcover 1028863 $125.66 $46.36 1997
Picture Paperback 7184568 $4.93
Picture (New York Review Books Classics) Kindle Edition 495993 $9.99 2019