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James Dean: Little Boy Lost - An Intimate Biography Hardcover – 18 Feb 1993

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Century (18 Feb 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712657401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712657402
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,263,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. D C Craker on 26 Jun 2004
Format: Paperback
Definitely the best Dean book i have ever read, and its sure to be one of the rare accurate accounts of his life and death ( I say that because the author was a personal friend) Joe Hyams is a good writer and this book has been very well written. Jimmy was so lonely and desparately wanted a wife and a family, This may have even saved him had he married the woman he loved.
Thumbs up for this one and i'd welcome Mr Hyams to write as many books he wanted on this complex young man, i would recommend this book to anyone.
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By malcolm kemp on 24 Nov 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It's A Gift,that was read years ago,and wanted again.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
It will touch your heart~* 30 Mar 2001
By Lauren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Joe Hyams did a wonderful job writing this book. Although he was close to James Dean, he tried to tell the WHOLE story; bad and good. He tells of Jimmy growing up, struggling to make it in Hollywood, his obsession with fast cars, his love affairs (including Jimmy's true love, Pier Angeli), the real truth about his bisexuality, his mixed feelings about death, his dreams, his aspirations...anything you can think of. Many people were interviewed for this book ~ and what makes it different is he shares rare stories of his times w/ Jimmy also. A wonderful book, for the ultimate James Dean fan...or just someone who is curious about him. The author shares w/ you some of Jimmy's things that were found in his appartment after his tragic death, including poems and personal letters, also things found in his personal scrapbooks... You might even shed a tear toward the end of the book as his last hours, as well as the details of the horrific traffic accident which took his life, are told...I almost cried as I finished the book - not because James Dean died so young, but because a influential talent and icon was taken from the world. A beautiful book recommended to all. A+
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An extremely interesting look at James Dean's life... 20 Mar 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read the book when it first came out and found it to be very informative and touching, without all of the trash and downtrodden-ness I have read in other books...this one concentrates more on Jimmy as a person.
And even though he did only make three films, there is a certain familiarity in James Dean that keeps the generations attracted to him, belonging to those who don't belong...there are some great photos and humorous moments as well...
I highly recommend this book to any James Dean fan, or simply anyone looking for a good read...:)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Rapture! Bravo! 24 Mar 2001
By Brandon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What a fantastic book. I just can't say it any better. I had to order this through an out-of-print book seller('The Book Nook', a wonderful company!), and that just added to the fun of reading it. This book has no bad points, whatsoever! I wish it was longer. Joe Hyams writing style is eloquent yet simple enough to bring out Jimmy's true nature. This is the most recent, in a string of 8 Dean biographies I've read, and it's such a necessity to any collection. To slightly contradict myself-my problem was only that it wasn't longer. Not a short read at all, the book was just so easy that it left you wanting to hear more about Jimmy from Mr. Hyams' perspective. It's the most objective standpoint anyone's taken on Jimmy, while still having a theme(angle)to write from. It's hard for me to find a bad Dean bio, simply because of my adoration of the young prodigy, but I can easily spot the great ones! Pick this book up. My used copy was in better shape than many new books I find at large bookstores. Again I must express my thanks to The Book Nook for making it possible for me to own this book, which I will utterly treasure. They work with amazon, so check them out.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
One of the best biographies about James Dean 15 April 2006
By Jane Austen Sandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Joe Hyams is a real respectful and informative author who really wanted to write about James Dean what I know James Dean would have written about himself if he were alive today and decided to write about his personal life, which is something James Dean did not like to talk about with the media. Yes, Jimmy did love Pier Angeli whose real name is Anna Maria Pierangeli whom he lovingly called Annarella. This was a name her father called her before he died in 1950. James Dean found a true love in Anna and she in him. There are countless interviews and documentaries that can attest to Jimmy stating that Pier Angeli was the love of his life. Actress Julie Harris, James Dean's co-star in East of Eden mentions in one documentary that Jimmy was always talking about how much in love he was with Pier and how beautiful her soul was. Larry King interviewed co-stars of his who spoke about this very emphatic relationship in James Dean's life. They had many interests and one very important life change in common that is they both lost a parent. Neither one ever forgot about the other and author Joe Hyams wanted to make that known. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. James Dean would be delighted that this part of his life, the joyful part, was written about.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent!! 6 Dec 2002
By Jessica P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the best books that I have read about James Dean. The author did a wonderful job exploring all aspects of Jimmy's life. He showed the good and bad about Jimmy and talked about him on such a personal level and about his own experiences with Jimmy. I could barely put it down. He covered almost everything there is to know about Jimmy from his childhood to his well-known movies and personal relationships. He also interviewed many people who knew Jimmy closely. It's truly an excellent book!
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