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This is the starting place if you are looking for a book about Quentin Tarantino.

"Your website does one thing in particular that I appreciate. I wouldn't have known at least 6 of the books about me that have come out in the last years. I wouldn't have known about them if I hadn't found them on your website. So it's like, you know, “hey, there's a new book about me, hey gosh I gotta find that and read that book and put it in my library”... the ones I like the most are the more film-criticism type ones, the more subtextual stuff. I really got a big kick out of that western one that's come out, what was that, Westerns from Shane to Kill Bill" - Quentin Tarantino

Introduction

Whether you are new to the films and life of Quentin Tarantino, or you are a fan or expert and want to know more, reading a book about the man and/or his movies is certainly a clever approach. Yet ever since Tarantino's films exploded unto the screens in the early 90s, a huge amount of books have been written about him and for a person new to this subject the range of books can certainly be confusing. What book to read first? What book to avoid? What book for what purpose? This page tries to compile information on all available Tarantino books and come up with helpful reviews, tips and categorizations as well as a ranking of the best books and possible guides on what books to read for what purpose (and of course what books for what kind of person, newbie or expert). We will also try to cover books written in German, French and other languages. Please support our effort by buying the book of your choice by using our links to Amazon that we provide. Enjoy reading, and please don't hesitate to post questions in our message board (see link above)

English Language Books

Title Author Year Publisher Short Description
The Sundance Kids: How the Mavericks TooK Over Hollywood James Mottram 2006 Faber description soon
How to Analyze the Films of Quentin Tarantino Mary K. Pratt 2010 Essential Critiques description soon
Quentin Tarantino - Life at the Extremes Aaron Barlow 2010 Praeger Modern Filmmakers series
Quentin Tarantino and Philosophy Richard Greene and K. Silem Mohammad 2007 Open Court Theoretical examinations of Tarantino's films. Oct. 2007
Tarantino - The Man, the Myths and His Movies Clarkson, Wensley 2007 John Blake
Tarantino Smith, Jim 2005 Virgin Books excellent analysis of Tarantino's works in chronological order
Pulp Fiction (BFI Modern Classics) Polan, Dana 2000 BFI Publishing
Quentin Tarantino Holm, D.K. 2005 Pocket Essentials compact and complete overview of everything with refreshingly new aspects
The Kill Bill Diary... Carradine, David 2006 Harper
The Tarantinian Ethics Bottig, F. & S. Wilson 2001 Sage lengthy analysis
Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film Biskind, Peter 2004 Simon and Schuster about the rise and falls of the independent film industry around Miramax.
Rebels on the Backlot: Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood Studio System Waxman, Sharon 2004 HarperCollins
Kill Bill: An Unofficial Casebook Holm, D.K. 2005 Glitter Books a minute-by-minute companion to Kill Bill serving as an ideal companion to the DVD releases of the films.
Quintessential Tarantino Page, Edwin 2005 Marion Boyars easy-to-read analysis of the films in a literary studies approach.
Quentin Tarantino: The Film Geek Files Woods, Paul 2000 Plexus Books (Revised Edition) includes five new articles on Kill Bill.
Raised by Wolves: The Turbulent Art and Times of Quentin Tarantino Charyn, Jerome 2006 Thunder's Mouth Press a bio in the form of a long, book length essay.
Quentin Tarantino Gallafent, Edward 2006 Pearson Longman part of the "On Directors" series. arguably the best critical study of Tarantino so far, arranged thematically.
King Pulp: The Wild World of Quentin Tarantino Woods, Paul A. 1998 Plexus ..
Quentin Tarantino: Interviews Peary, Gerald 1998 U of Mississippi P collection of great interviews with Tarantino.
Tarantino: A to Zed Barnes, Alan & Marcus Hearn 1996  ?  ?
Quentin Tarantino: Shooting From the Hip Clarkson, Wensley 1995 Piatkus Books  ??
Ultraviolent Movies: From Sam Peckinpah to Tarantino Bouzerau, Laurent 2000  ? soon
Quentin Tarantino: The Cinema of Cool Dawson, Jeff 1995 Applause Books soon
Quentin Tarantino: The Man and His Movies Bernard, Jami 1995 HarperPerennial the best biography to date.
Pulp Fiction (York Film Notes) Langley, Neville 2000  ?  ?
Contemporary Authors : Biography - Tarantino, Quentin (Jerome) (1963-) Gale, Thompson 2006  ? 16-page eBook
From Shane to Kill Bill: Rethinking the Western McGee, Patrick 2006 Blackwell soon

German Language Books

Title Author Year Publisher Short Description
Quentin Tarantino by Robert Fischer, Robert Fischer 2004 (2)  ? Bestes deutschsprachiges Kompendium über Tarantino
Der rote Faden aus Blut: Erzählstrukturen bei Quentin Tarantino Uwe Nagel 1997
Narrative Strategien in den Drehbüchern von Tarantino Karl Tebbe 1997
Hitchcock - Greenaway - Tarantino: Paratextuelle Attraktionen des Autorenkinos Lutz Nitsche 2002
Filme von Quentin Tarantino Sonja Neiß 2007
Unfinished Business: Quentin Tarantinos "Kill Bill" und die offenen Rechnungen der Kulturwissenschaften Achim Geisenhanslüke, Christian Steltz 2006

French Language Books

Title Author Year Publisher Short Description
Quentin Tarantino Alberto Morsiani 2006 Gremese A good analysis of his different movies and the main themes of his work
Quentin Tarantino Yannick Surcouf 1998 Mereal Based on the same concept as the book by Alan Barnes & Marcus Hearn, Tarantino A to Zed.
Quentin Tarantino Jean-Pierre Deloux 1998 Fleuve Noir A very good biography and analysis of his influences.
Critiquer Quentin Tarantino est-il raisonnable? Célia Sauvage 2013 Vrin Written by a Tarantino Archives member.

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