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LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN AT 75. Ed. by Michael A. Lofaro. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, 2016. 392 pp. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9781921902614 In English.
Due date: November 2016. Publisher's description: Barely noticed upon publication in 1941, writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans's unique chronicle of Alabama sharecroppers, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, would enjoy a remarkable revival during the 1960s. Remembering it as a "bible of sorts" for civil rights activists like himself, psychiatrist Robert Coles called it "an eloquent testimony that others had cared, had gone forth to look and hear, and had come back to stand up and address their friends and neighbors and those beyond personal knowing." The book has remained in print ever since, profoundly affecting subsequent generations of readers. 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.
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Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 175839
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