Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Three Tenant Families

James Agee (Author) Walker Evans (Author)

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$22.99  $21.15
Mariner Books
Publish Date
August 14, 2001
6.0 X 1.1 X 8.9 inches | 1.45 pounds
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About the Author

James Agee (1909-1955) was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He graduated from Harvard in 1932 and was hired as a staff writer at Henry Luce's Fortune magazine. His book about Alabama tenant farmers during the Depression, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a collaboration with the photographer Walker Evans, appeared in 1941. Agee was later renowned for his film criticism, which appeared regularly in The Nation and Time. He co-wrote the screenplays for The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter, as well as a screenplay for Charlie Chaplin, though it was never produced. Agee died of a heart attack in a New York City taxicab at forty-five. Two years later, his novel, A Death in the Family, was published and won the Pulitzer Prize.
Walker Evans did more to expand the art and language of documentary photography than any other photographer, influencing generations of image-makers. He created some of the most memorable images of social and photographic history, and is best-known for his direct, descriptive photographs of vernacular scenes--particularly those of rural America, made during the Great Depression while Evans was working for the Farm Security Administration. His work about three sharecropping families in the South resulted in the groundbreaking book, coauthored with James Agee, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941).