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James Agee

James Agee


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Also Known As: Died: May 16, 1955
Born: November 27, 1909 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA Profession: Writer ...


"Agee has become the literary intellectual's folk-hero equivalent of James Dean." --Webster Schott in The New York Times Book Review.

"I think as a critic he suffered from the fact that he really wanted to be a creator. His criticism, I think, is extremely good. It's good because he has a broad cultural background, he's got great style, he can say things in two sentences, he has intelligence, wit, and precision; and also he really does have a sense of values and he doesn't give them up. But as a person who wanted to be a creator, he kept seeing in movies all kinds of things that really weren't there ... Agee used to find some beauties in these films, some of which I don't think were there at all, but if he had been making them, they would have been ... He took the appearance for the deed. I think the main trouble with his criticism is that it often tends to be much too uncritical." --Dwight Macdonald ("Agee: His Life Remembered").

He was awarded the Yale Prize for Younger Poets (1932).

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