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James Agee brought to bear all his moral energy, slashing wit, and boundless curiosity in the criticism and journalism that established him as one of the commanding literary voices of America at mid-century. In 1944 W. H. Auden called Agee's film reviews for The Nation "the most remarkable regular event in American journalism today." Those columns, along with much of the m ...more
Hardcover, 748 pages
Published September 22nd 2005 by Library of America
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Ed Van
May 27, 2008 Ed Van rated it it was amazing
Having read so much of this book elsewhere, my primary reason for buying it was at long last to be able to read the orchid article that I had heard Agee had written under protest and which was fabled to be as venomous as anything he'd ever written... but that's a fable. Everything else, including the oft-quoted TVA article that I'd never read in its entirety until I found it here, is great or at least very interesting. (Note the stuff on cock fighting: Southerners seem to have a peculiar lacuna ...more
Christina
Jul 17, 2009 Christina rated it it was amazing
This man understood the language of film and its dialects of technique and narrative better than most film critics past and present. Idiosyncratic and preferential in his reviews (some films receive two-line reviews; others two+ columns), Agee's writings are a must for a film student or cineast(e). The only sour note is that it may be awhile before I can again enjoy some local film reviews.
Chris
Apr 23, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing
Fun to read, even if you don't care about the movies
Andrew Maxwell
Dec 02, 2007 Andrew Maxwell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: always-reading
Compatriot!
Oliver Bateman
Apr 30, 2009 Oliver Bateman rated it liked it
Contains some great bits, but a lot of his criticism hasn't aged well. The essay on cockfighting is excellent, though.
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A smart and funny read.
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An American author, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S. His autobiographical novel, A Death in the Family (1957), won the author a posthumous Pulitzer Prize.

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Agee was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, at Highland Avenue and 15th Street (renamed James Agee Street in 1999) to Hugh James Agee and Laura Whitman Tyler.
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