Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by Walker Evans
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In the summer of 1936, James Agee and Walker Evans set out on assignment for Fortune magazine to explore the daily lives of sharecroppers in the South. Their journey would prove an extraordinary collaboration and a watershed literary event when in 1941 LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN was first published to enormous critical acclaim. This unsparing record of place, of the people who shaped the land, and of the rhythm of their lives was called intensely moving and unrelentingly honest, and is "renowned for its fusion of social conscience and artistic radicality" (New York Times). Today it stands as a poetic tract of its time, recognized by the New York Public Library as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century. With an elegant new design as well as a sixty-four-page photographic prologue of Evans's classic images, reproduced from archival negatives, this sixtieth anniversary edition reintroduces the legendary author and photographer to a new generation.
 

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JAMES AGEE (1909-1955), a poet, screenwriter, and journalist, won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel A Death in the Family. His other books include a volume of poems, Permit me Voyage, the novel The Morning Watch, and several collections of correspondence, reviews and film scripts.WALKER EVANS (1903-1975) is best known for his striking Depression-era photographs. He served as an editor for both Fortune and Time and was a professor of graphic arts at Yale.Blake Morrison was born in Skipton, Yorkshire, in 1950.His non-fiction books include And When Did You Last See Your Father? (1993), As If (1997), Too True (1998), Things My Mother Never Told Me (2002). His first novel, The Justification of Johann Gutenberg was published in 2000. Blake Morrison lives in London.
 
Published August 14, 2001 by Mariner Books. 500 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Agee also made copious notes for Chaplin on his new film, ''Limelight.'' Agee was a serious drinker and smoker and, as Wranovics writes, ''was plagued with insomnia and frequently spent nights in local taverns until the last call.'' Agee was keenly aware of his own mortality;

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Let Us Now Praise Famous Men 416pp, Violette Editions, £19.95 In 1936 James Agee teamed up with Walker Evans, a photographer loaned by a Federal government agency, on an article for Fortune magazine about poor white cotton farmers of the American south.

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He writes, “The very blood and semen of journalism, on the contrary, is a broad and successful form of lying.” His anger is full and mighty: a Partisan Review Q&A (which had been sent out to many writers of that time) called “Some Questions Which Face American Writers Today” is included in its en...

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