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Author: James Agee Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781482969986
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A landmark work of American photojournalism “renowned for its fusion of social conscience and artistic radicality” (New York Times)

In the summer of 1936, James Agee and Walker Evans set out on assignment for Fortune magazine to explore the daily lives of sharecroppers in the South. Their journey would prove an extraordinary collaboration and a watershed literary event when Let Us Now Praise Famous Men was first published in 1941 to enormous critical acclaim. This unsparing record of place, of the people who shaped the land, and the rhythm of their lives is intensely moving and unrelentingly honest, and today—recognized by the New York Public Library as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century—it stands as a poetic tract of its time.

With a sixty-four-page photographic prologue featuring archival reproductions of Evans’ classic images, this book offers readers a window into a remarkable slice of American history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Renowned for its fusion of social conscience and artistic radicality and for the way Evans’ spare, tautly composed images and Agee’s more extravagant prose complement and enhance each other.”

    New York Times 

  • “A work of art.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Time has done nothing to decrease this book’s power.”

    Library Journal

  • “[The] most realistic and most important moral effort of our American generation.”

    Lionel Trilling, American literary critic, author, and teacher

  • “A unique and enduring mashup of reporting, confession, and oracular prose that sometimes takes your breath away…Profound, illuminating, and unforgettable.”

    Daily Beast

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About the Author

James Agee (1909–1955) was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He worked as a reporter and critic for Fortune, Time, the Nation, and other magazines and wrote for film and television. His books include the volume of poems Permit Me Voyage; two novels, The Morning Watch and A Death in the Family; the nonfiction work Let Us Now Praise Famous Men; and several collections of correspondence, reviews, and film scripts. A Death in the Family, his best known work, was published posthumously and won the 1958 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.