by John Howlett


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'If a man can live on after he's died, then maybe he was a great man.' — James Dean

James Dean died in 1955. The star of three movies, he was aged just 24. Six decades later, the charismatic screen idol has lost none of his power to captivate. Revered by fresh generations of fans born years after his untimely death, the glamor of his limited but incandescent legacy of cinematic classics — East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant — will never fade.

Drawn from extensive research and original interviews, James Dean: Rebel Life strips back the hype to reveal the man behind the myth. Filled with the testimonies of the actors, directors and ex-lovers who knew Dean best, and lavishly illustrated with candid photos (from boyhood up to Dean's untimely death) and sumptuous film stills, the book provides a uniquely personal insight into the life and times of Hollywood's tragic leading man — essential reading for fans of every generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780859655347
Publisher: Plexus Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

John Howlett attended Tonbridge School and went on to read History at Oxford. With David Sherwin he co-wrote the script for Crusaders which later became Lindsay Anderson's If... (1968). He was also written eight novels, including Railway Joe, Murder of a Moderate Man, Credible Maximum Accident and Tango November. He is a screenwriter and has written for television, including his dramatization of Len Deighton's novel Game, Set and Match. John Howlett lives in East Sussex, England.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

1 Orphan 11

2 Hollywood Student 23

3 New York Apprentice 35

4 Broadway 47

5 East of Eden 61

6 Rebel Without a Cause 91

7 Giant 115

8 Death in the Afternoon 139

9 Debris and a Legend 149

10 The Doomed Outsider 161

Filmography 173

Bibliography 176

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