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James Agee (1909–1955)

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About the Author

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on November 27, 1909 and educated at Harvard, James Agee crowded versatile literary activity into his short and troubled life. In addition to two novels, he wrote short stories, essays, poetry, and screenplays; he worked professionally as a journalist and film critic. näytä lisää Appropriately, he is best remembered for a work that combines several genres and literary approaches. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a documentary report on sharecropper life accompanied by vividly realistic photographs by Walker Evans, has been called "a great Moby Dick of a book" (New York Times Book Review). It may be considered an important precursor of the so-called nonfiction novel that was to gain prominence during the 1960s. The Morning Watch (1954), a novel in the tradition of portraits of artists-to-be, and A Death in the Family, a moving account of domestic life based on the loss of Agee's father belong to more conventional types of fiction. The 1960 dramatization of All the Way Home by Tad Mosel, won a Pulitizer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award; it was also cited by Life as the "Best American Play of the Season." Agee's work for the screen included his scripts for The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter. Agee on Film (1958-60) consists of a gathering of reviews and comments as well as five scripts. Prior to Laurence Bergreen's well-received 1984 biography of Agee, the principal source of information about his life was Letters of James Agee to Father Flye, a collection of seventy letters written by Agee to his instructor at St. Andrew's School and trusted friend throughout his life. The letters show Agee most often in a reflective, self-condemning mood. The final letters, written from the hospital where he was battling daily heart attacks, are touching, as are his sad reflections on the work he yet wanted to do. Agee died in New York of a heart attack on May 16, 1955. He was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1957 for A Death in the Family. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

Sisältää nimet: James Agee, James Agees

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Tekijän teokset

A Death in the Family (1957) 2,990 kappaletta
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1939) 2,087 kappaletta
The Night of the Hunter [1955 film] (1955) — Screenwriter — 173 kappaletta
The Morning Watch (1950) 152 kappaletta
Cotton Tenants: Three Families (2013) 145 kappaletta
The Collected Poems of James Agee (1968) 104 kappaletta
James Agee: Selected Poems (2008) 62 kappaletta
Helen Levitt (1980) — Tekijä — 51 kappaletta

Associated Works

The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Avustaja — 759 kappaletta
As I Lay Dying [Norton Critical Edition] (2009) — Avustaja — 536 kappaletta
Fifty Great American Short Stories (1965) — Avustaja — 420 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 2004 (2004) — Avustaja — 287 kappaletta
The African Queen [1951 film] (1951) — Screenwriter — 285 kappaletta
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Avustaja — 160 kappaletta
Many Are Called (2004) — Johdanto — 106 kappaletta
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Avustaja — 96 kappaletta
A Way of Seeing (1965) — Avustaja — 52 kappaletta
Southern Dogs and Their People (2000) — Avustaja — 38 kappaletta
Fifty Best American Short Stories 1915-1965 (1965) — Avustaja — 35 kappaletta
Philosophical problems of the social sciences (1965) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
The Yale Younger Poets Anthology (1998) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1953 (1953) — Avustaja — 15 kappaletta
Paras elokuvakirja (1995) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1958 (1958) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Twenty-Three Modern Stories (1963) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Le livre Terre humaine (1993) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta

Merkitty avainsanalla




For anyone who likes to read letters, this collection is fantastic and fascinating.
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MickeyMole | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 2, 2023 |
Premio Pulitzer 1958
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LaRayadelPalancar | 64 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 9, 2023 |
PERMIT ME VOYAGE (1934) | read 2023-02

Constitutes Part I in this edition, Agee's first book. Comments on the jacket, flyleaf, and Robert Fitzgerald's introduction suggest Agee's reputation as contrarian and the waves he made with journalism and film writing sparked this reprint, taking advantage of the reflected light of his more popular works. I knew Agee was linked to films I admired, without being able to cite them from memory, but haven't read anything. A bit of online reading indicate Agee wasn't overly popular in his lifetime; this collection was first published in 1970, when his literary reputation (enhanced especially by his posthumous Pulitzer in Literature) was widely recognised.

My initial impression (skipping the Intro so as to avoid any spoilers): pretentious or overly earnest, with glimpses of creativity similar to my impression of Yvor Winter. The "essay" (a prose poem?) styled as Dedication is an interesting idea and a case in point. There are many lines and phrases that resonate, but few complete poems that land solidly.

Agee strikes me as someone I'd benefit most from having someone guide me through his work, an admirer familiar with his writing in all these genres, and could point out interesting anecdotes and link work relevant to my interests. I could discover the same on my own, of course, but it will take me much longer a time, and likely include works I don't find compelling. Not persuaded I have the necessary motivation for that, frankly.


To be read:

Part II: LATER POEMS (1933-1950)
Part III: JOHN CARTER (1932-1936)
Part IV: VERSE (1929-1955)
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elenchus | Jul 9, 2023 |
This was on the People's version of the Modern Library List of best fiction. Published posthumously, it wasn't really edited. A close look at something one usually looks away from. Much of it is brilliant.
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markm2315 | 64 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 1, 2023 |



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