The story is an interesting one and it deserves to be told. Although the screenplay got sidetracked at times it covered the main issue, that of her ghostwriting, okay. The production values were excellent.
The segments of men laying asphalt, the intersection traffic scene, the seduction scene, & the way lighting was used are memorable. The film was made toward the end of the silent era & no doubt it benefitted from the experiences gained over those years.
It tries a bit too hard & too often to shock its audience so it probably would be more appreciated as a comedy. Some of it is okay but there is always that underlying feeling that you've seen bits of it before and that it has borrowed from elsewhere.