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Agee, James

(ā`jē), 1909–55, American writer, b. Knoxville, Tenn., grad. Harvard, 1932. He soon joined the literary and journalistic life of New York City, becoming (1932) a writer for Fortune magazine, a book reviewer and movie critic for Time (1939–48), and a film critic for The Nation (1942–48). During the 1950s he was a film scriptwriter, e.g., The African Queen (with John HustonHuston, John
, 1906–87, American motion picture director, writer, and actor, b. Nevada, Mo. In many of his films, such as The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) and Moby Dick
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, 1951) and The Night of the Hunter (1955), and also wrote for television. Agee's first major book is Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941), a prose commentary on the life of tenant farmers in the South in the 1930s with accompanying photographs by Walker EvansEvans, Walker,
1903–75, American photographer, b. St. Louis. Evans began his photographic career in 1928. His studies of Victorian architecture and his photographs of the rural South during the Great Depression, made for the Farm Security Administration, are among his
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. His second major book, and probably best-known work, is the autobiographical and posthumously published novel A Death in the Family (1957; Pulitzer Prize), which recounts in poetic prose the tragic impact of a man's death on his wife and family. Agee's other works include The Morning Watch (1954), a novella with strong autobiographical elements,; Agee on Film (2 vol., 1958–60), a collection of reviews, comments, and scripts; Letters of James Agee to Father Flye (1962), a collection of letters to a former teacher; Collected Poems (1968); and Collected Short Prose (1969).

Bibliography

See his collected works, ed. by M. Sragow (2 vol., 2005); M. A. Lofaro, ed., A Death in the Family: A Restoration of the Author's Text (2008); biographies by G. Moreau (1977) and L. Bergreen (1984); R. Spears and J. Cassidy, ed., Agee: His Life Remembered (1985); studies by P. H. Ohlin (1966), A. G. Barson (1972), V. A. Kramer (1975), M. A. Doty (1981), M. A. Lofaro (1992), J. Lowe (1994), A. Spiegel (1998), and H. Davis (2008).

Agee, James (Rufus)

(1909–55) writer, poet; born in Knoxville, Tenn. He attended St. Andrews School, Tenn., (1914–24), Phillips Exeter (1925–28), and Harvard (1928–32). Based in New York City, he worked for several periodicals, and is known for his study of tenant farmers in Alabama, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941), co-authored with the photographer Walker Evans. He is also known for poetry, film scripts, such as The African Queen (1952), and his novels, notably A Death in the Family (1957).
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The final section of the book discusses the hybrid 1941 work Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, with a text by James Agee and photographs by Walker Evans.
Pero no es el caso ahora discutir el origen del poema, sino senalar que muy probablemente, para muchos jovenes lectores del Mexico de finales de los anos sesenta, aquella inclusion del nombre de James Agee en el poema de Pacheco fue la primera referencia que tuvieron del gran escritor estadunidense.
A collaboration between Evans and writer James Agee, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men documented the lives of Alabama sharecroppers at a critical national moment.
Known for his contrarian opnions and sometimes seen in the same category as Pauline Kael and James Agee, he was the first to champion the works of tough-guy American directors including Howard Hawks, Don Siegel and Samuel Fuller.
Thus in 1936 the business monthly Fortune sent James Agee and Walker Evans to produce an illustrated feature on tenant farmers in Alabama.
If he had been born a few years later, and if he hadn t died at the age of forty-five, James Agee (1909-55) might have had a chance of grabbing Terry Southern's spot--the literary maverick's spot, right next to Dylan Thomas--on the cover of The Beatles' Sgt.
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