In this letter from James Dean to Barbara Glenn, dated 5-19-54, the letter starts out Darling, and begins with the surprising opening line, I haven’t written because I have fallen in love. As you read it you realize Dean is talking about his horse, referring to the picture of Cisco the Kid, the Palimino horse he purchased right after moving to Hollywood to film ‘East of Eden’.
It had to happen sooner or later. Its not a very good picture of him but thats ‘Cisco the Kid’ the new member of the family. He gives me confidence. He makes my hands and my heart strong… May use him in the movie. I’m very lonely. Your card smelled so good, please don’t do that. (dirty trick, I’m still a California virgin. I hate this place)
Just keep writing. Honey these are the nicest, sweetest letters in the world. Dean’s thoughts then turn to his and Barbara’s associates, which flames his fond memories of friends and places, and his dislike for his current location. In the last paragraph Dean asks with a sense of despondency, Maybe you can come and see me sometime, before ending on the positive note, I’ll be home soon Love Jim. A postscript asks Barbara to return the picture and finishes with a second Love Jim.