JAMES AGEE(1909-55) was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was hired as a staff writer at "Fortune" in 1932. Two years later, his collection of poetry, "Permit Me Voyage," won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. His book about Alabama tenant farmers during the Great Depression, "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," appeared in 1941. Agee was later renowned for his film criticism, which appeared regularly in "The Nation" and "Time," and for co-writing the screenplays for "The African Queen" and "The Night of the Hunter." He died two years before his major work of fiction, "A Death in the Family," was published and won the Pulitzer Prize.
Photographer WALKER EVANS (1903-75)was on loan from the Resettlement Administration when he began collaborating with James Agee. He joined the staff of "Time "in 1945 and shortly afterward became an editor at "Fortune," where he stayed for the next two decades. In 1964, he became a professor at the Yale University School of Art, teaching until his death in 1975.
ADAM HASLETT (introduction) is the author of "Union Atlantic" and "You Are Not a Stranger Here."
JOHN SUMMERS (editor) is the editor in chief of "The Baffler."show more