A Death in the Family by James Agee
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The classic American novel, re-published for the 100th anniversary of James Agee's birth

Published in 1957, two years after its author's death at the age of forty-five, A Death in the Family remains a near-perfect work of art, an autobiographical novel that contains one of the most evocative depictions of loss and grief ever written. As Jay Follet hurries back to his home in Knoxville, Tennessee, he is killed in a car accident-a tragedy that destroys not only a life, but also the domestic happiness and contentment of a young family. A novel of great courage, lyric force, and powerful emotion, A Death in the Family is a masterpiece of American literature.


About James Agee

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JAMES AGEE (1909–s the author of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, the renowned study of Alabama sharecroppers during the Depression. Born in Tennessee, he died two years before the publication of A Death in the Family, his best-known work. STEVE EARLE is an American singer-songwriter, political activist, and author of the short story collection Doghouse Roses. Born in Virginia, he lives with his wife in New York City.
Published September 10, 2008 by Penguin Classic. 323 pages
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A posthumous publication, on which James Agee had worked for some ten years before his death, is an often distinguished piece of work and is concentrated on a few days (save for some free associational insets which return to the past) when death unexpectedly affects a family in a small southern t...

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Publishers Weekly

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Agee's classic novel, posthumously published after his death at the age of 45, is considered one of the great American novels of childhood and domestic life, as well as a marvel of Southern literature

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Does this new edition of “A Death in the Family” right an injustice done to James Agee’s masterpiece by a previous editor?

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