James Agee and the Legend of Himself: A Critical Study (Hardback)
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James Agee and the Legend of Himself: A Critical Study (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 31/07/1998
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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 the Legend of Himself, Alan Spiegel examines these accomplishments and treats Agee not simply as a celebrity, journalist, or "Depression" writer but as a self-interrogating literary artist who created a homemade legend from his earliest family memories, sifting his experience through an automythology composed of his mother, his father, and himself.

Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826211828
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 676 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm


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"A wonderfully thoughtful and sensitive reading of a difficult and demanding American writer. Spiegel is a balanced observer of writing that can all too easily seduce or provoke readers to idolatrous awe or angry disapproval. . . . An important contribution to an understanding of a much celebrated writer." Robert Coles"


"A wonderfully thoughtful and sensitive reading of a difficult and demanding American writer. Spiegel is a balanced observer of writing that can all too easily seduce or provoke readers to idolatrous awe or angry disapproval. . . . An important contribution to an understanding of a much celebrated writer."--Robert Coles

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