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Description - James Dean by Paul Alexander

James Dean died on 30th September 1955, aged 24. At the time of his fatal accident he had just completed "Giant", his third film after "East of Eden" and "Rebel Without a Cause". Yet from this meagre career a legend was born that shows no sign of abating. He is a classic American icon, surpassed only by Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, projecting an image of Fifties cool and tough-guy charm that has been vigorously mass-marketed via T-shirts, posters, calendars and countless fan clubs. This biolgraphy looks beyond the Hollywood manufactured cliche to the volatile polarities, conflicted sexuality and childhood trauma of the person himself. This portrait, based on many new and documented sources and featuring rare archive photographs, argues that Dean's angst-ridden compliance - in public - with rigid sexual mores helped fuel the fury and electricity of his acting.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780751512823
ISBN-10: 0751512826
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 128mm x 25mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Sphere
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 3-Aug-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Paul Alexander

Paul Alexander is also the acclaimed biographer of Sylvia Plath and author of a book on the artist Andy Warhol's legacy.

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