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TAYLOR COFFMAN was a tour guide at San Simeon from 1972 to 1983. By 1976 he'd begun concentrating on research and, inevitably, on writing. As a Hearst archivist from 1983 to 1989 and from 2001 to 2008, he processed and catalogued thousands of historical documents stemming from the lives of William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies, Julia Morgan, and others in their circle. The Beach House in Santa Monica is a subject he has long had in mind, one for which his knowledge of Hearst�s most renowned projects, San Simeon and Wyntoon, and his familiarity with greater Los Angeles and Southern California has equipped him uniquely.

Previous books by Taylor Coffman:

  • Hearst Castle: The Story of William Randolph Hearst and San Simeon (1985)
  • The William Randolph Hearst Collection (1987)
  • Hearst's Dream (1989)
  • The Builders Behind the Castles: George Loorz & the F. C. Stolte Company (1990)
  • The Cambria Forest: Reflections on Its Native Pines & Its Eventful Past (1995)
  • Building for Hearst and Morgan: Voices from the George Loorz Papers (2003)
  • Hearst as Collector: The First Fifty Years, 1873�1923 (2003)
  • The Unknown Hearst: 1941 (2008)


E-mail: Taylor Coffman
Phone: 805-620-0401