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Also Known As: James Rufus Agee Died: May 16, 1955
Born: November 27, 1909 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA Profession: Writer ... critic novelist screenwriter poet
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Noted American author whose early death at age 45 and posthumously published works elevated him to the mythic status of romantic literary hero-victim. Agee's best known books include the compelling documentary collaboration with photographer Walker Evans, "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" (1941) which chronicled the hard lives of Alabama sharecroppers, and the autobiographical, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "A Death in the Family" (posthumously published in 1957).

As a film critic, Agee made a name for himself as the author of prescient, elegant prose in TIME and THE NATION during the 1940s. In 1948, he gave up reviewing to co-write John Huston's "The African Queen" (1951) and to script on his own the bizarre cult favorite, Charles Laughton's "The Night of the Hunter" (1955).

The two-volume "Agee on Film"--the first part containing his acclaimed film criticism, the second his screenplays--was published posthumously in 1958 and 1960, respectively. "All the Way Home", Tad Mosel's Pulitzer Prize-winning stage adaptation of "A Death in the Family", was presented on Broadway in 1961 and later served as the basis for the film version in 1963.

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Richard Steiner ( 2005-07-15 )

Source: Book is published

The book "Chaplin and Agee: The Untold Story of the Tramp, the Writer, and the Lost Screenplay" by John Wranovics was published in 2005 which chronicles Agee's relationship with Charlie Chaplin before Chaplin's departure for England. The book includes a remarkable screenplay Agee wrote featuring the Little Tramp as the primary figure in New York after a nuclear holocaust.

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