Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
James Agee


In the summer of 1936, James Agee and photographer Walker Evans set out on assignement for Fortune magazine to explore the daily lives of sharecroppers in the South. Their journey would prove an extraordinary collaboration and a watershed literary event when in 1941 Let Us Now Praise Famous Men was first published to enormous critical acclaim. This unspairing record of place, of the people who shaped the land, and of the rhythm of their lives today stands as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century.

Paperback, 512pp
Penguin Books, 2006 (1941)
ISBN 9780141188492