James Agee (1909-1955) American novelist, film-critic
and film-writer. The most brilliant film-critic of his age, and a
considerable poet, too, Agee did not become famous until after his
death, even though he wrote the film script for the Bogart-Hepburn
The African Queen, based on C S Forester's novel.
The Morning Watch finds a perfect objective correlative for the religious-rationalist conflict in its sensitive portrayal of one day in the life of a twelve-year old boy. A Death in the Family was also acclaimed and is about the sudden wasted death of the father and husband of a family in Tennessee; it seems like a slice cut through the most nerve-crowded part of life.
Selected Works & Recommended Reading
* 1934 Permit Me Voyage
* 1941 Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
* 1951 The Morning Watch
* 1951 The African Queen, screenplay
* 1954 The Night of the Hunter, screenplay
* 1957 A Death in the Family
* Agee on Film
* Agee on Film II
* Letters of .. to Father Flye
* The Collected Short Prose of ...
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