Thursday, June 6

Cotton Tenants: Three Families


"... The origins of Agee and Evan's famous collaboration date back to an assignment for Fortune magazine, which sent them to Alabama in the summer of 1936 to report a story that was never published. Some have assumed that Fortune's editors shelved the story because of the unconventional style that marked Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, and for years the original report was lost. ... Published here for the first time, and accompanied by thirty of Walker Evans’s historic photos, Cotton Tenants is an eloquent report of three families struggling through desperate times. Indeed, Agee’s dispatch remains relevant as one of the most honest explorations of poverty in America ever attempted and as a foundational document of long-form reporting."
amazon: Cotton Tenants: Three Families
NYT: A Paean to Forbearance (the Rough Draft)
BookForum / artforum
Knoxville: Summer of 1915 by James Agee (1938)

2011 June: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

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