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Aug 09, 2010 Mark Desrosiers rated it 4 of 5 stars
Fact: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men was my earliest "gonzo" literary experience -- an elaborate, Biblical, rambling book with a world-historical anchor and a truth to tell us about poverty and faith. I was practically a kid when I devoured it between three jobs and over coffee -- age 22 or so -- but my impression was of an inspired tongue-of-fire collaborating with a no-nonsense genius photographer, Walker Evans. A professional collaboration, paid for by Fortune magazine no less. So imagine my su...more
This is how a biography should be written. So easy to read, and endlessly fascinating. I knew little to nothing of James Agee before reading this bio, and now I'm dying to get copies of Agee's books. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes biographies or has an interest in writers.
Laurence Bergreen is an award-winning biographer, historian, and chronicler of exploration. His books have been translated into over 20 languages worldwide. In October 2007, Alfred A. Knopf published Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, a groundbreaking biography of the iconic traveler. Warner Brothers is developing a feature film based on this book starring Matt Damon and written by William Monahan...moreMore about Laurence Bergreen...