Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 6 Apr 2006
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About the Author
JAMES AGEE (1909-1955), a poet, screenwriter, and journalist, won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel A Death in the Family. His other books include a volume of poems, Permit me Voyage, the novel The Morning Watch, and several collections of correspondence, reviews and film scripts.
WALKER EVANS (1903-1975) is best known for his striking Depression-era photographs. He served as an editor for both Fortune and Time and was a professor of graphic arts at Yale.
Blake Morrison was born in Skipton, Yorkshire, in 1950.His non-fiction books include And When Did You Last See Your Father? (1993), As If (1997), Too True (1998), Things My Mother Never Told Me (2002). His first novel, The Justification of Johann Gutenberg was published in 2000. Blake Morrison lives in London.
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It's a book I've heard of on and off for the last 40 years, and I am so glad I finally got round to reading it. It's a work I can't categorise or designate, it fits no genre and refuses to conform to whatever you might be expecting it to do or how you might be expecting it to develop.
Agee is good at using lists - lists of objects and things, lists of adjectives, and my list of adjectives that seem to accrete to the book includes; infuriating, inspiring, challenging, emotional, TRUE, TRUE, TRUE, demanding, domineering, solipsistic, all-encompassing, sorrowful, joyful, - I can't list them all. You need to surrender to this book to get the most out of it, it's no good struggling against it or nit-picking. It's structured like a symphony and affects you like one. It's one of those books that has to be read in each lifetime.
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