Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood's Zen Rebel

Joseph B Atkins (Author)

Product Details

$34.95  $32.15
University Press of Kentucky
Publish Date
November 12, 2020
6.1 X 9.1 X 1.0 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Joseph B. Atkins is a veteran newspaper and magazine journalist and writer whose articles have appeared in USA Today, the Baltimore Sun, Oxford American, and In These Times. He is also the author of Covering for the Bosses: Labor and the Southern Press and Casey's Last Chance. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.


"Atkins's well-researched, vivid prose brings to life one of Hollywood's most fascinating and overlooked actors. His book perfectly captures the madness, warmth, and beauty of Harry Dean Stanton's unique life and career." -- Tom Thurman, director of Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland

"A glorious meditation on and exploration of one of Hollywood's most fascinating characters. Native Southerner and veteran newspaperman Joseph B. Atkins is the perfect writer to track down the enigmatic Harry Dean Stanton. In a wild ride and a brilliant read filled with gems of wonderful humor and great sadness, we get as close as possible to the history behind those sad and soulful eyes known to so many." -- Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Revelators

"A wonderful and thoughtful tribute... Flawlessly written by veteran journalist Atkins and packed with juicy nuggets of cinema history, this one is essential reading for film fans." -- Film Juice

"At long last, a comprehensive biography covering the personal and professional life of the much-missed Harry Dean Stanton (1926-2017), and it's a winner -- so thorough and engaging that it can easily be knocked out in one sitting." -- YES! Weekly

"Mr. Atkins paints an honest, vivid portrait of the mercurial Harry Dean Stanton, and his book is a great service to cinephiles, plugging one of the holes in the history of a crucial time in American film and giving this remarkable actor the respect he so richly deserves." -- ArtsLouisville.com

"Deftly written, extraordinarily informative, and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation." -- Midwest Book Review