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Product Details

  • Paperback: 12 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456491911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456491918
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,867,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Doug Allen is an illustrator by training, having graduated from NYC's School of Visual Arts, and whose appreciation of James Dean led him to this long contemplated project. He was born in Massachusetts and moved to New York as a teen and now resides NJ with his wife. He developed a love of art and of writing. In the late 1970's he became fascinated with the talent that was James Dean. He has maintained a deep interest in Dean over several years and in returning to the question of what might this uniquely talented actor have brought to the world had he lived on. Mr. Allen's desire was to one day bring a fresh approach to the subject and feels this book of interracting poems and illustrations achieves that. His long desire to honor the memory of the brightly talented flame that was James Dean came to fruition with the creation of 'James Dean: Words and Images'. It is his hope that this book will have meaning and value for today's generation that can look back at another time and to a man who for so very brief a moment strode across destiny's landscape and left us waiting and wanting more. Like the era we sentimentalize and the red jacketed figure we can't forget, Doug Allen's desire is that we see him yet once more in an illustrative and poetic light. For Doug, the lure, the mystique and the spectre of Jimmy Dean persist and calls to us even now.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duane on January 2, 2012
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I ordered this book to add to my collection of James Dean books and immediately returned it. The art work is a collection of poorly rendered imitations of iconic James Dean photographs and should be credited as "after _____" (which ever photographer was plagiarized). The text was mostly drivel--sentimental doggerel but not nearly as offensive as the art.
Bottom line however, the various photographers (or their estates) should demand this book be pulled from circulation for copyright violations. This book is an example of the kind of garbage that will ultimately pollute the book market as a result of the ease of self publishing!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Timothy on May 11, 2011
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This book is creative and interesting. The artist/author captured the essence of Dean and the era. The fun facts and poetry are beautifully written. If you are a member of James Dean's fan club, and even if you are not, this book is for you. I am looking forward to future work from this author.
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I have read several bios of James Dean over the span of about 25 years. I feel I know as much as one might reasonably learn about one of the most fascinating and talented actors of his or any generation. This new effort by Mr. Allen is not a biography per say, but comes at the reader with a kind of poetic sentimentality about the subject. His illustrations are well rendered and accompanied by the poems create separate moods on each page. There is a sense of sadness in some of them where the author plainly is lamenting the loss of Dean and the frustration always present at the fact of not being able to complete his great promise which seemed assured at the time he died. Others are more fast paced and touch on his love of racing or the way he enjoyed life. Some of the poems and paintings convey a brooding nature that he occasionaly displayed. The book is not long by normal standards, and perhaps the author could develop a sequel sometime. I found it a refreshing addition to the pantheon of works on Dean. I would emphasize the author plainly has a deep and abiding affection for James Dean's memory and legacy, and seems even a bit haunted by the questions he poses of what might have been, (had he only lived on). The poems are personal and heartfelt and do get at the theme effectively in my opinion. They vary in length, some being full paragraphs while others are only a few lines yet all strike true and interact well with the illustrations. Mr. Allen projects a sensitive insight and a personal sense of caring.
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