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The making of James Agee

Author: Hugh Davis
Publisher: Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, [2008] ©2008
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In The Making of James Agee, Hugh Davis takes a comprehensive look at Agee's career, showing the interrelatedness of his concerns as a writer. A full view of Agee's oeuvre, Davis argues, illuminates its deeply political nature and reveals a debt to various sources, particularly European surrealism, that have been little noted by previous Agee scholars." "Davis challenges the view of Agee that has persisted since  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism and interpretation
Named Person: James Agee; James Agee; James Agee
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Davis
ISBN: 9781572336070 1572336072
OCLC Number: 182857117
Description: xviii, 318 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: "Death of a poet": the Agee myth and the Agee canon --
"The love of Jesus and the mind of Marx": Agee's proletarian poetry of the 1930s --
"It is funny if I am a surrealist": Agee and the avant-garde --
"An art and a way of seeing": Walker Evans, Agee, and anti-graphic photography --
"Syncopations of chance": let us now praise famous men as surrealist ethnography --
"By any virile standard": a death in the family and popular culture.
Responsibility: Hugh Davis.
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"In The Making of James Agee, Hugh Davis takes a comprehensive look at Agee's career, showing the interrelatedness of his concerns as a writer. A full view of Agee's oeuvre, Davis argues, illuminates its deeply political nature and reveals a debt to various sources, particularly European surrealism, that have been little noted by previous Agee scholars." "Davis challenges the view of Agee that has persisted since his death - that he is best understood primarily as a romantic individualist at odds with convention and the literary mainstream - and argues that this myth was largely constructed by friends and associates who were so immersed in the tenets of modernism that they distorted Agee's work (and aesthetic intent) in an attempt to purify it in modernist terms. In revealing a writer of far greater complexity than the myth allows, Davis explores, for example, the leftist poetry that Agee wrote in the 1930s, which was almost completely suppressed by his editors. He also throws a fresh light on Agee's collaboration with photographer Walker Evans on Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and reevaluates A Death in the Family in light of recent scholarship that has produced an almost entirely new version of the novel, one much closer to Agee's original intentions."--BOOK JACKET.

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"This book is thoroughly researched and documented, and its ideas and style will appeal to the general reader interested in Agee but also in a range of related disciplines. . . . Davis reveals the Read more...

 
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