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Rebel with a Pen: The Poetry of James Dean Paperback – Bargain Price, August 31, 2008

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About the Author

James Dean was born February 8, 1931, in Marion, Indiana, to Winton and Mildred Dean. His father, a dental technician, relocated the family to Los Angeles when Jimmy was five years old. James returned to the Midwest after his mother died and was raised by his aunt and uncle on their farm. After graduating from high school, he returned to California where he enrolled at Santa Monica Junior College and UCLA. He began acting with James Whitmore's acting workshop, appeared in several television commercials, and played numerous roles in films and on stage. In the winter of 1951, he moved to New York to pursue a serious acting career before finally moving to Hollywood. He died in a car accidentin September 1955.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 43 pages
  • Publisher: Cohort Press (August 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981556906
  • ASIN: B008SLFE90
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,385,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jo on January 13, 2009
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I am not quiet sure how to react to this book.. I have serious question as to its authenticity. Reveiws on the book site it as an indepth look into the 50's icon. yet in the introduction it states that this is a work of fiction/was "channeled" through carlton Hayes;who won't revel his relationship with James dean. The artwork as well is questionable. I have read and veiwed examples of Dean's poetry and art in reliable publications. This book just doesn't match up. I would like to see more "back story" concerning how this collection came about. James Dean was a talented young man; I'm just not convinced that this is his work. Again, "small" print will say fiction/channeled; yet the book is presented as authored by Dean. I just want this made clear for people considering this publication;please read discription throughly.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Doghouse Riley on January 14, 2009
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I was a little wary about buying this book to begin with. Like another reviewer mentioned, they say the poetry was channeled to Hayes through Dean, which, again, though I was wary, I tried to convince myself could mean they were channeled physically when Dean was alive. But, just to let all of you know, in a introduction entitled "Author's Comments," Hayes says, "I look at the pillow where once you [James Dean] lay your head and see a shadow only on the wall above the bed and let you speak your sad lines to me that I might write them down for all to know that you still live deep within me."
I don't understand why they tried to pass this book off as authentic poetry by Dean. Being a big James Dean fan, I'd probably have bought this book anyway even if they'd told the truth. But I'd still be disappointed; the poetry is sort of lame and the little drawings are stupid. It was a waste of money when I could have bought better books like "Surviving James Dean" instead.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By WriterGirl on April 17, 2010
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Rebel With a Pen: The Poetry of James Dean is not a bad product. It contains mediocre poems written by someone who claims to be connected to James Dean, the renown actor of three films: East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant. Although Dean died at 24 from an unfortunate car accident in 1955, the true author of this book, Carlton Hayes, claims (in the inside cover) that he has the "original" poems and that these poems were "directly obtained and channeled through him from James Dean." And perhaps, in some way, this is true. However, upon closer inspection, this little packet (44 pages, originally priced at [...]) is nothing more than someone else's profanity, explicit descriptions of homosexual and heterosexual sex acts, and hints that the young actor somehow knew he would find a place among Hollywood's elite.

I bought this product because I thought it was genuine. I had recently read a biography of James Dean and learned that he had done some writing or attempted at it, but that much of what he had done was lost, in some cases stolen, from his apartments in New York and Los Angeles. Soon after the twin events of his death and the releases of Rebel Without a Cause and Giant, fans began scouring the places he lived for souvenirs, for clues of the person he was. I was shocked when I read this. But now, after finding this product, purchasing it, and reviewing it (I've also attempted several internet searches for reviews of the book and I've found nothing in any major publication, despite that the book was published in 2008), I can't help feeling like I've participated in that same ransacking. I've given this product the lowest possible rating not because it contains awful poetry, but because it attempts to be something it is not.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DelusionalAngel VINE VOICE on June 12, 2010
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Unlike others I sort of knew what I was getting when I bought this. Still, I'm a huge James Dean fan, so I try to read everything I find with his name on it. I had hoped that by putting his name on it that it would somehow at least feel inspired by him. Be a real attempt to honor him. Something...

Even though this is just the author claiming to "channel" him, it just fails. Save your money and buy an actual book on James Dean if you're into him or a print of one of the photos of him. Or even go buy poetry by someone who doesn't have to stoop to just throwing James Dean's name on their book because they can't sell their work any other way. If the people who own the rights to James Dean's name haven't sued, I'd be surprised.
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