Advanced reservations are recommended. Face coverings are not currently required but strongly recommended.

These books and videos are recommended for information on William Randolph Hearst and his historic estate and can be purchased at the Castle Gift Shop or online.

Faces at Hearst Castle

Castle authors Jana Seely and Keri Collins focus on over forty art objects in this engaging new publication by Hearst Castle Press. Available on-site at the National Geographic Theater or online at www.hearstcastlepress.org.
Hearst Castle Press – 2007

William Randolph Hearst: The Later Years, 1911-1951

by Dr. Ben Procter
Oxford University Press – 2007

The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst

The biography of W.R. Hearst, called “The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst”, authored by David Nasaw.
Mariner Books – 2001

Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House

The book by Castle author Victoria Kastner called “Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House”
Harry N. Abrams Incorporated – 2000

William Randolph Hearst: The Early Years, 1863-1910

by Dr. Ben Procter
Oxford University Press – 1998

Secrets of San Simeon – With Patricia Hearst

This is the ultimate video tour of Hearst Castle. Relive the history, excitement and glamour of the past! Visit the rooms and gardens, and see places the public never goes. With your host and guide, William Randolph Hearst’s granddaughter, Patricia Hearst.

Other Works About Hearst and The Castle

  • Julia Morgan, Architect
    by Sara Holmes Boutelle
    New York: Abbeville Press, 1988
  • W.R. Hearst, A Portrait in His Own Words
    by Edmund D. Coblentz
    New York: Simon and Schuster, 1952
  • The Time We Had
    by Marion Davies
    New York: Ballantine Books, 1975
  • Marion Davies
    by Fred Lawrence Guiles
    New York: Bantam Books, 1972
  • The Way It Was
    by George Hearst
    San Francisco: Hearst Corporation, 1972
  • William Randolph Hearst: An Illustrated Biography
    by Nancy E. Loe
    Santa Barbara: Sequoia Communications, 1985
  • Hearst Castle: The Official Pictorial Guide
    by Nancy E. Loe
    Santa Barbara: Companion Press, 1991
  • Julia Morgan: Architect
    by Richard W. Longstretch
    Berkeley: Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association 1977
  • Something a Little Different
    by Robert Pavlick
    California History (Winter 1992/93) pp. 462-477
  • The Hearsts, An American Dynasty
    by Judith Robinson
    Acon Books, 1991
  • Citizen Hearst
    by W.A. Swanberg
    New York, Galahad Books, 1961
  • Julia Morgan: Architect of Dream
    by Virginia Wadsworth
    Minneapolis: Lerner, 1990