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The morning watch

Author: James Agee
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin ; Cambridge : The Riverside Press, 1951.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This novel shows Agee writing at the height of his powers and treating a story, set during Holy Week in an Episcopalian boarding school closely modeled on Agee's own St. Andrew's, that resonates with deep religious feeling and sharply observed memories. The first two sections of "The Morning Watch" show the strong influence on Agee of James Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist," but, if anything, Agee's depiction of a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Agee, James, 1909-1955.
Morning watch.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin ; Cambridge : The Riverside Press, 1951
(OCoLC)567983102
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Agee
OCLC Number: 276629
Notes: "This story first appeared in Botteghe oscure, Rome."--Title page verso.
Description: 120 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: by James Agee.

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This novel shows Agee writing at the height of his powers and treating a story, set during Holy Week in an Episcopalian boarding school closely modeled on Agee's own St. Andrew's, that resonates with deep religious feeling and sharply observed memories. The first two sections of "The Morning Watch" show the strong influence on Agee of James Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist," but, if anything, Agee's depiction of a young boy's undergoing spiritual torment is more believable and more sharply written than Joyce's account. The third and final part of "The Morning Watch," set in the early morning hours of Good Friday, is a beautifully-conceived reworking of Christ's passion as experienced by three young boys who have played hooky from school and who learn their own capacity for blood lust and tolerance for violence. Agee's fondness for children and animals and his deep love of Scripture are vividly evoked in this last section. --John H. Flannigan at Amazon.com.

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