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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