James Dean

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A fully illustrated biography, including never-before-published photographs, of the archetypal screen icon who lived fast and died young
 
This official account is a detailed, chronological biography of Dean, fully illustrated with color and black-and-white images from classic movies, family archives, and private collections. Scattered throughout the book are special, self-contained feature pages that explore aspects of his life and ...

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Overview

A fully illustrated biography, including never-before-published photographs, of the archetypal screen icon who lived fast and died young
 
This official account is a detailed, chronological biography of Dean, fully illustrated with color and black-and-white images from classic movies, family archives, and private collections. Scattered throughout the book are special, self-contained feature pages that explore aspects of his life and times: his passion for cars, his films, America in the 1950s, and the famous black-and-white Dennis Stock photographs. The book contains more than 30 photographs and memorabilia never published before, with a narrative text giving the full account of his life and uncovering new details, all supported by a selection of both family and famous photographs and letters. Following Dean from the poor Quaker community of Fairmount, Indiana, via short-lived happiness with his parents in California, to the trauma of his mother's death, we see Dean enter the world of acting from drama school to the turning point in his career: the audition for his starring role in East of Eden. We go behind the scenes to see Dean the Hollywood Rebel and a new style-icon. The final chapter looks at his death and the aftermath—the legend of James Dean, who transformed our idea of what movie stardom could be.

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These books are being published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of actor James Dean's death in September 1955. Both cover the details of Dean's early life-e.g., his mother died young, and he grew up with his aunt and uncle on their Indiana farm-and examine his legend, magnified by the fact that his three films (East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant) were not yet released at the time of his death. Drawing on the extensive literature that exists on Dean and the cooperation of Dean's family members and friends, Gehring (film, Ball State Univ.) debunks several rumors surrounding the superstar's legend, such as his rebellious nature, unhappy childhood, and homosexuality. Throughout, Gehring's scholarship and pursuit of the truth of Dean's life are evident. Perry (The Complete Phantom of the Opera) covers much of the same terrain as Gehring but in the usual DK style, with ample illustrations that include 30 never-before-seen photographs from the Dean family's private collection (the author had the full cooperation of the Dean estate) and several facsimiles of Dean's letters home. Both books stand out in the plethora of works on the actor. Gehring's book is noteworthy for its analysis of the "real" Dean, while Perry's take will be devoured for its feast of photos and intimate feel. Buy both if budget permits, as Dean biographies continue to fly off the shelves. A forthcoming documentary, James Dean: Forever Young, and several other anniversary events will heighten demand.-Rosellen Brewer, formerly with Monterey Cty. Free Libs., Salinas, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780956494276
  • Publisher: Palazzo Editions
  • Publication date: 11/17/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 633,508
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

George Perry, former film editor of The Sunday Times and past president of the London Critics' Circle, is an author, journalist, and broadcaster. He has produced over thirty books, many on film subjects such as The Great British Picture Show and Forever Ealing, and definitive studies of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, The Complete Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard; From Movie to Musical, as well as biographies of Rupert Bear, Monty Python, Miss Bluebell and James Dean.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

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    Ever since his death fifty-two years ago, James Dean has become a common figure and enduring legend around the world. This young actor has become, for better or worse, the subject of hundreds of stories--some good, some bad. George C. Perry gives us a simple and straight-forward telling of Dean¿s life. There¿s nothing eloquent or beautiful about it. That¿s what makes it good. It¿s honest, informative, and accompanied by many pictures (some of them never before released). If there¿s one book on James Dean you are going to read, Perry¿s should be it.

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