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James Agee and the legend of himself : a critical study

Author: Alan Spiegel
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©1998.
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James Agee's literary reputation has grown enormously since his death in 1955. He wrote novels, short stories, poetry, film criticism, screenplays, and investigative journalism, but these accomplishments earned him only a modest public reputation during his brief life. Ironically, Agee's greatest recognition as a writer came posthumously, when his novel A Death in the Family won the Pulitzer Prize. In James Agee and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Spiegel, Alan.
James Agee and the legend of himself.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c1998
(OCoLC)607100105
Named Person: James Agee; James Agee; James Agee
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Spiegel
ISBN: 0826211828 9780826211828
OCLC Number: 39007174
Description: ix, 294 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Legends. 1. Agee and the Ageeans. 2. Agee in the Classroom --
2. Tales of the Self. 1. King and Queen. 2. Radiance. 3. "Sonnybunch" --
3. Fantasia of the Actual: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. 1. With Failure Foreseen. 2. Two Reveries. 3. True Tastes of Home. 4. Gods in Ruins --
4. Milk of Paradise: Agee on Film. 1. Performances: The Critic as Artist. 2. Testament of Endymion. 3. Obligations --
5. Chains of Flesh: The Morning Watch and A Death in the Family. 1. New Voices. 2. Intestate. 3. Invisible America. 4. Oceanic Roll: The Uses of Childhood. 5. Home and the World: The Structure of Nostalgia. 6. All the Way Home, Sort of.
Responsibility: Alan Spiegel.

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An exploration of the interior life of the American writer James Agee through the different but continuous versions of the Agee personae as they appear in his books. The biography counters the  Read more...

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