"Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" by Agee and Evans
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This review describes the strength of James Agee's prose and Walker Evans' moving pictures that together brought out a masterpiece describing the Depression, "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men". The paper relates that Agee wrote the text and Evans took the photos for this Works Progress Administration project on sharecropping in the South during the Great Depression. The paper discusses how Agee's ramblings are perfectly complemented by Evans' stark photography, and, in this paper's opinion, the written word integrated with the visual image has never been more striking. The paper further posits that the passages are bleak, darkly humorous at times, gritty and best of all, they are real.
From the Paper:"Assigned to do a story for Fortune magazine about sharecroppers in the Deep South, Agee and Evans spent four weeks living with a poor white tenant family, winning the Burroughs's trust and immersing themselves in a sharecropper's daily existence. Given a first draft of the resulting article, the editors at Fortune quite understandably threw up their hands--as did several other editors who subsequently worked with a later book-length manuscript. The writing was contrary. It refused to accommodate itself to the reader, and at times it positively bristled with hostility. What other book could take Marx as the epigraph and then announce: "These words are quoted here to mislead those who will be misled by them"? (Agee & Evans, 2000) Response to the book was puzzled or unfriendly, and Let Us Now Praise Famous Men sputtered out of print only a few short years after its publication. It took the 1960s and a vogue for social justice, to bring Agee's masterwork the audience it deserved."
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