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Full Name: James Agee
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(1909-1955) Journalist, novelist, screenwriter, writer. In 1932, upon graduation from Harvard (where he studied writing), he came to New York City and was hired by "Fortune Magazine." In 1936, "Fortune" asked Agee and photographer Walker Evans to go to Alabama and do a photo-story on tenant farming. When Agee finally finished the project more than three years later, he had channeled enough of his sensibility into the subject to produce one large book, "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" (1941), a book about three tenant farmers. While he was at work on the book, Agee began reviewing books for "Time," and eventually reviewed movies. In 1941 he also began writing a weekly column on film for the "Nation," and he wrote extensively on movies until 1948. He co-authored "The African Queen" (1951) with John Huston. He published a novel "The Morning Watch" (1951). In the 50's Agee's heart problems began to grow more frightening and recurrent. Agee died of a heart attack in a taxicab in New York City in 1955. Agee lived in different areas, 121 Leroy Street, 38 Perry Street, 172 Bleecker Street, and 16 King Street, all in Greenwich Village, New York; but mostly Bleecker Street. He owned a farm in Hillsdale for the last 9 years of his life. He died in New York City but was buried a few miles from his farm. Works: "A Death in the Family" (1957; Pulitzer Prize), "Agee on Film" (1958-60).
Author's Timeline:
1946 Columbia County
Agee owned a farm in Hillsdale, New York for the last 9 years of his life. He died in New York City but was buried a few miles from farm.  
1909 (Unknown) County
James Rufus Agee was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1909. 
1955 New York County
James Agee died in New York City in 1955. 
1941 (Unknown) County
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
(Pub: Houghton Mifflin ISBN: )
Prose commentary. 
1951 (Unknown) County
The African Queen
Screenplay co-authored with John Huston. 
1951 (Unknown) County
The Morning Watch
(Pub: Houghton Mifflin ISBN: )
Novel. 
1957 (Unknown) County
A Death in the Family
Autobiographical novel and Pulitzer Prize winner. 
1958 (Unknown) County
Agee on Film
Criticism. 
1955 (Unknown) County
The Night of the Hunter
Screenplay. 
1962 (Unknown) County
Letters of James Agee to Father Flye
Collection of letters. 
1968 (Unknown) County
Collected Poems
Poetry. 
1969 (Unknown) County
Collected Short Prose
 
1934 (Unknown) County
Permit Me Voyage
Collection of poems. 
? New York County
Agee lived and worked in New York City. 
? Columbia County
James Agee was buried a few miles from his farm near Hillsdale, New York. 

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