"I know I am making the choice most dangerous to an artist in valuing life above art."
James Rufus Agee (1909
) wrote novels, short stories, poetry, film
s, and investigative journalism
He was a writer for Fortune magazine
, a movie critic
and The Nation
, and a film scriptwriter. He was never very famous during his lifetime.
His greatest recognition came after his death when his posthumous
ly published novel A Death in the Family
won the Pulitzer Prize
At the time of his death, in 1955, all of Agee's published works were out of print. Fifteen years later nearly everything Agee had ever written was available again and in demand, and new books were being published about him at a remarkable rate.
A Death in the Family, which recounts in poetic prose the tragic impact of a man's death on his wife and family, is usually believed to be about the death of Agee's father, who died when Agee was very young, and whose death deeply affected the writer.
James Agee's published works are: