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The Death Of James Dean

Beath, Warren Newton

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ISBN 10: 0283993588 / ISBN 13: 9780283993589
Published by Sidgwick & Jackson Limited, London, 1986
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Sidgwick & Jackson 1986 first UK edition. The book is in very good condition in a very good dust jacket. Dark blue cloth boards, clean, slightly marked. Binding tight, no inscriptions. The jacket is clean and bright, bumped, small chip to spine. Unclipped. An almost hour by hour account of the events in the mystery surrounding the car crash that killed James Dean, including eye witness accounts, unpublished documents, and a transcript of the inquest. 202pp. Member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association. Bookseller Inventory # 001485

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Title: The Death Of James Dean

Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Limited, London

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Drawing on the inquest manuscript and other previously unpublished material, Warren Beath cuts through the welter of conflicting reports and rumors to provide a taut reconstruciton of Dean's final hours.

From Publishers Weekly:

Dean, a handsome young actor, seemed headed for Hollywood idoldom when he died in an auto accident in California on September 30, 1955. Almost immediately thereafter he became a cult figure, and that situation has continued, shows the author. Since Dean made only three films, the focus of the cultists has been as much, perhaps more, on his death than on his life. The first half of this book, relating the accident, the inquest, the anniversary gatherings at Dean's burial site and similar topics, will strike the general reader as inconsequential. But in the second half, Beath profiles some of the odd, obsessed fans who keep the Dean legend alive; this section is brilliant, recalling Nathanael West. There is one disquieting note, however: Beath himself is a collector of Dean memorabilia. Photos not seen by PW. 10,000 first printing; author tour.
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