James Agee: A Life
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James Agee: A Life

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Paperback, 467 pages
Published July 12th 1984 by Dutton Books (first published 1984)
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Mark Desrosiers
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.
Agee's life was less interesting to me than his prose, and though this book was reasonably well researched I found the writing style to be a challenge.
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