Let Us Now Praise Famous Men at 75 (Hardback)Michael A. Lofaro (author)
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In this collection, seventeen gifted essayists offer provocative new perspectives on the Agee-Evans classic, ranging from personal appreciations to computational analysis, with forays into literary, film, historical, social, and cultural criticism, among other approaches. David Moltke-Hansen examines the political context in which the book was produced, comparing it in particular to the works of Erskine Caldwell and others with more explicit agendas than Agee, while Sarah E. Gardner explores Agee's position as a southerner in the literary culture of 1930s Manhattan. Contrasting Agee's text to the uncaptioned Evans photographs that open the book, Jeffrey Couchman discusses how the writer applied a "cinematic eye" to his descriptions of the sharecroppers' homes and their possessions. In their essays, Hugh Davis, Brent Walker Cline, and David Madden link Agee with earlier writers such as Wordsworth, Schopenhauer, Dostoevsky, and Melville, while Michael Jacobs considers Agee as a forefather of the "New Journalism" championed by Tom Wolfe. Other contributors explore such disparate topics as Agee's conception of irony, the conflict of art and nature in the book, and the author's portrayal of space.
Taken together, these artful elucidations of a notoriously difficult but brilliant work provide the most comprehensive and wide-ranging view of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men to date.
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 748 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm