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LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN/A DEATH IN THE FAMILY/SHORTER FICTION - Rare Fine Copy of The First Library of America Slipcased Edition/First Printing - ONLY COPY ONLINE

Agee, James (Author); Evans, Walker (Photographer) & Sragow, Michael (Editor)

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ISBN 10: 1931082812 / ISBN 13: 9781931082815
Published by New York City, NY: Library Of America, 2005
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1st Printing. 825 pages. Published in 2005. Retrospective collection of the author's greatest works. The First Slipcased Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent printings. Published in a small and limited first print run as a Slipcased Edition for distribution to libraries and LOA subscribers only. None of the copies were sold to the public. The Slipcased Edition has the same ISBN as the regular trade edition and is now rare. An austerely elegant production: Regular-sized volume format. Text by James Agee edited and annotated by Michael Sragow. Photographs by Walker Evans. Cream hard board slipcase. Printed to the highest standards on acid-free paper, utilizing sewn binding, closely woven rayon cloth boards, satin bound-in ribbon marker, and a page layout that is both readable and elegant. The book is guaranteed to last for several generations of readers and collectors (despite frequent and regular use, the estimated life span of Library of America Editions is 1000 years; un-used, they will last forever). Without DJ, as issued. Re-presents James Agee's and Walker Evans' "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men". Possibly the greatest collaboration between an American writer and an American photographer ever. The title is ironic as the subject is The Great Depression, as Agee and Evans saw it in the lives of three sharecropper families in the South in 1936. Many of the photographs that Walker Evans originally selected for the 1940 First Edition were censored for being too depressing, an even greater irony. They were not restored until twenty years later in the 1960 Reissued Edition. The latter is reproduced in its entirety by The Library of America. The volume also includes "A Death In The Family", Agee's autobiographical novel, published for the very first time in the final Corrected Text; the novella, "The Morning Watch", and three short stories. An absolute "must-have" edition for James Agee and Walker Evans collectors. This edition remains available in multiple subsequent printings and is now collectible in its own right. The First Slipcased Edition was distributed to libraries and LOA subscribers only. None of the copies were sold to the public. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Slipcased Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. Two of the greatest American writer/artists of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LIBRARY OF AMERICA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1931082812. Bookseller Inventory # 18736

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A passionate literary innovator, eloquent in language and uncompromising in his social observation and his pursuit of emotional truth, James Agee (1909- 1955) excelled as novelist, critic, journalist, and screenwriter. In his brief, often turbulent life, he left enduring evidence of his unwavering intensity, observant eye, and sometimes savage wit.

This volume collects his fiction along with his extraordinary experiment in what might be called prophetic journalism, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941), a collaboration with photographer Walker Evans that began as an assignment from Fortune magazine to report on the lives of Alabama sharecroppers, and that expanded into a vast and unique mix of reporting, poetic meditation, and anguished self-revelation that Agee described as "an effort in human actuality." A 64-page photo insert reproduces Evans's now iconic photographs from the expanded 1960 edition.

A Death in the Family, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that he worked on for over a decade and that was published posthumously in 1957, re-creates in stunningly evocative prose Agee's childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the upheaval his family experienced after his father's death in a car accident when Agee was six years old. A whole world, with its sensory vividness and social constraints, comes to life in this child's-eye view of a few catastrophic days. It is presented here for the first time in a text with corrections based on Agee's manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.

This volume also includes The Morning Watch (1951), an autobiographical novella that reflects Agee's deep involvement with religious questions, and three short stories including the remarkable allegory "A Mother's Tale."

From the Back Cover: James Agee was a writer of singular intensity and extraordinary gifts: compassionate, angry, provocative, and superbly inventive. This volume collects his two prose masterpieces along with other fiction. In Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Agee invented a new genre to convey his stark vision of the lives of Alabama tenant farmers; a 64-page photo insert reproduces Walker Evans's now iconic photographs from the expanded 1960 edition. In A Death in the Family, his great autobiographical novel presented here for the first time in a newly corrected text, he confronts in intimate emotional detail the impact of his father's death. To these works are added his novella The Morning Watch and three remarkable stories.

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Title: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN/A DEATH IN THE ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Library Of America, 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued

Signed: no

Edition: 1st Edition.

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