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THREE FAMILIES
Written by JAMES AGEE
Photographer WALKER EVANS
Edited by JOHN SUMMERS
Introduction by ADAM HASLETT

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 09/19/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19398-4

A re-discovered masterpiece of reporting by a literary icon and a celebrated photographer

In 1941, James Agee and Walker Evans published Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a four-hundred-page prose symphony about three tenant farming families in Hale County, Alabama at the height of the Great Depression. The book shattered journalistic and literary conventions. Critic Lionel Trilling called it the “most realistic and most important moral effort of our American generation.”

The origins of Agee and...

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Written by JAMES AGEE
Introduction by ROBERT PHELPS
Edited by JAMES HAROLD FLYE

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 04/29/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-612-19361-8

“I’ll croak before I write ads or sell bonds—or do anything except write.”

James Agee’s father died when he was just six years old, a loss immortalized in his Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, A Death in the Family. Three years later, Agee’s mother moved the mourning family from Knoxville, Tennessee, to the campus of St. Andrew’s, an Episcopal boarding school near Sewanee. 

There, Agee met Father James Harold Flye, who would become his history teacher. Though Agee was just ten, the two struck up...

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THREE FAMILIES
Written by JAMES AGEE
Photographer WALKER EVANS
Edited by JOHN SUMMERS
Introduction by ADAM HASLETT

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 05/29/2013

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19212-3

In 1941, James Agee and Walker Evans published Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a four-hundred-page prose symphony about three tenant farming families in Hale County, Alabama at the height of the Great Depression. The book shattered journalistic and literary conventions. Critic Lionel Trilling called it the “most realistic and most important moral effort of our American generation.”

The origins of Agee and Evan’s famous collaboration date back to an assignment for Fortune magazine, which sent...

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