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Chaplin and Agee : the untold story of the tramp, the writer, and the lost screenplay

Author: John Wranovics
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Chaplin and Agee charts the friendship between James Agee, author of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Pulitzer Prize-winning A Death in the Family and screenwriter for American classics including The African Queen, and Charlie Chaplin, who starred in a staggering number of films from 1914 to 1967. This friendship emerged in the midst of the tumult of the 1940s and 1950s, with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: James Agee; Charlie Chaplin; James Agee; Charlie Chaplin; James Agee; Charlie Chaplin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Wranovics
ISBN: 1403968667 9781403968661
OCLC Number: 57069182
Description: xxx, 256 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prelude : the legend of James Agee --
L'affaire Verdoux --
Agee and the atom bomb --
Desperately seeking Chaplin --
On the move : Hollywood beckons --
Icarus falls --
Losing Chaplin --
The walking wounded --
Loss and legacy --
The tramp's new world / James Agee.
Responsibility: John Wranovics.
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Chaplin and Agee charts the friendship between James Agee, author of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Pulitzer Prize-winning A Death in the Family and screenwriter for American classics including The African Queen, and Charlie Chaplin, who starred in a staggering number of films from 1914 to 1967. This friendship emerged in the midst of the tumult of the 1940s and 1950s, with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, McCarthyism and blacklisting. In print here for the first time is Agee's first screenplay, The Tramp's New World, lost until recently. The striking screenplay--a comedy "so dark it was without precedent"--was written for Chaplin's tramp character and set in post-apocalyptic New York. Chaplin and Agee also features many previously unpublished letters and photographs. As the story moves from Hollywood to Greenwich Village, these two figures come to life, revealing the untold story of the great bond between two influential twentieth-century artists. -- Publishers description.

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