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These selected resources may provide additional background information about James Agee's life and varied works.


Agee. Produced and directed by Ross Spears. Franklin Lakes, New Jersey: James Agee Film Project, 1985. A 55-minute look at Agee's life, his childhood in Tennessee, his marriages, and his career, along with some dramatized excerpts from his novels.

The Hungry Eye: Walker Evans. Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2000. A 15-minute clip with News Hour correspondent Ray Suarez about Walker Evans's art and his collaboration with Agee.

Web Sites

American Collection Educator's Site: A Death in the Family
Biographical essay about Agee's childhood, lesson plans based on his works, and other resources

Agee Films
A chronology of the life and work of James Agee

About Agee's Works
James Agee Collection
Biographical sketch and description of the University of Texas at Austin's collection of Agee's manuscripts and correspondence

Walker Evans' Photography
University of Virginia site on photographer Walker Evans, including a gallery of his photos from Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Profile of James Agee
Besides a short bio, this site provides an audio clip (with lyrics) for Sure on This Shining Night by James Agee, set to music by Samuel Barber

Film Criticism
The Nation Archives
James Agee's film review of Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat


Bergreen, Laurence. James Agee: A Life. New York: Dutton, 1984.

Kramer, Victor A. James Agee. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1975.

Ohlin, Peter H. Agee. New York: Obolensky, 1966.

Madden, David, and Jeffrey J. Folks, eds. Remembering James Agee. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1997.

Spears, Ross and Cassidy, Jude, eds. Agee: His Life Remembered. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1985.

Coles, Robert. Irony in the Mind's Life: Essays on Novels by James Agee, Elizabeth Bowen, and George Eliot. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1974.

Lofaro, Michael A., ed. James Agee: Reconsiderations. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1992.

Moreau, Genevieve, Miriam Kleiger, and Morty Schiff. The Restless Journey of James Agee. New York: Morrow, 1977.

Seib, Kenneth. James Agee: Promise and Fulfillment. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1968.

Spiegel, Alan. James Agee and the Legend of Himself: A Critical Study. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 1998.

Selected Works by James Agee
(in order of publication)
Permit Me Voyage. New Haven: Yale University Press,1934.
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1941.
The Morning Watch. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1951.
A Death in the Family. New York: McDowell, Obolensky, 1957.
Agee on Film: Reviews and Comments. New York: McDowell, Obolensky, 1958.
Four Early Stories by James Agee. Iowa: West Branch Cummington Press, 1964.
Collected Poems of James Agee. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1968.
The Collected Short Prose of James Agee. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1968.

Autobiographical Writing-Southern U.S.
Watkins, James H., ed. Southern Selves: from Mark Twain and Eudora Welty to Maya Angelou and Kaye Gibbons: a collection of autobiographical writing. New York: Vintage Books, 1998.

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