Brian Taves (Ph.D., University of Southern California) has been an archivist in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress since 1990. He is the author of over 100 articles and 25 chapters in anthologies. Taves has also written books on P.G. Wodehouse and Hollywood; director Robert Florey; the genre of historical adventure movies; and fantasy-adventure writer Talbot Mundy, in addition to editing an original anthology of Mundy’s best stories. In 2002-2003, Taves was chosen as Kluge Staff Fellow at the Library to write the first book on silent film pioneer Thomas Ince, published in 2011. In 2015, Taves’s Hollywood Presents Jules Verne: The Father of Science Fiction on Screen was published by University Press of Kentucky. Taves was coauthor of The Jules Verne Encyclopedia (Scarecrow, 1996), and editor of the first English-language publication of Verne’s Adventures of the Rat Family (Oxford, 1993), before helming of the Palik series.
In addition to overall editorial responsibilities, and selecting the illustrations, Taves wrote the Foreword to The Marriage of a Marquis, the Introduction to Shipwrecked Family: Marooned with Uncle Robinson, the Introduction to The Count of Chanteleine: A Tale of the French Revolution, the Appendix to Around the World in 80 Days—The 1874 Play, and the Appendix to The Castles of California.