James Agee (27 September, 1909 – 16 May, 1955) was an award winning author, poet, screenwriter, film critic and journalist from Tennessee.
- James Rufus Agee was more in Knoxville, TN in what today is the Fort Sanders neighborhood. The street he was born on was named James Agee Street in his honor.
- Hugh James Agee, the author’s father died in a car accident when his son was six years old.
- When young Mr. Agee attended the Saint Andrews school for Mountain Boys in Tennessee he developed a lifelong friendship with Father James Harold Flye, an Episcopal priest and history teacher.
- Father Flye and Mr. Agee corresponded throughout their lives, become confidants. After the author’s death, Father Flye published the letters in a 1962 book called The Letters of James Agee to Father Flye. The book was a critical success, lauded by many.
- After graduating from the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Mr. Agee was admitted to Harvard College. His roommate was Robert Fitzgerald, soon to be a famous poet and critic.
- Mr. Agee worked as a reporter, writing for Fortune magazine, Time, and The Nation. In 1934 he published his only book of poetry called Permit Me Voyage.
- During the Great Depression (1936), Agee and photographer Walker Evans spent time with sharecroppers in Alabama. Even though Fortune chose not to run the article, it was later published in a 1841 book called Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.
- The article he wrote as a freelance writer for Life Magazine about silent movie stars Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Harry Langdon is credited with reviving the career of Mr. Keaton.
- Mr. Agee wrote a script for Chaplin, which went unproduced (it was only published in2005), but he is credited on two much respected movie: 1951’s The African Queen and 1955’s The Night of the Hunter. Unfortunately his alcoholism hurt this aspect of his career.
- He won the 1958 Pulitzer Prize, posthumously, for this novel A Death in the Family.
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