Cotton Tenants

Cotton Tenants

Three Families

eBook - 2013
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A re-discovered masterpiece of reporting by a literary icon and a celebrated photographer.In the summer of 1936, James Agee set out with photographer Walker Evans on assignment for Fortune magazine. Their mission was to explore the plight of sharecroppers during the height of the Great Depression. The journey fostered an extraordinary collaboration and a watershed literary event when the resulting report was turned into a book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, published in 1941. Critics and biographers have assumed that Fortune editors killed the original article, and for years the essay was presumed lost to history. But in 2010 a manuscript of the original Fortune dispatch was discovered among papers removed from Agee's apartment during the 1950s. And, despite the legend that had developed around the article, scholars found a masterful 30,000-word report, a refinement of the multi-part investigations that Agee had...
Publisher: New York : Melville House, 2013
ISBN: 9781612192130
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Evans, Walker 1903-1975
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okbookgirl
Nov 18, 2013

A moving portrait of three impoverished Alabama sharecropping families in the mid 1930's, by the renowned writer & photographer of "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men". A lucid indictment of an economic system that treats these hard-working and constantly struggling folks as less than human.

emily8 Sep 21, 2013

my rating says it all for this work of art. The story behind it, writer and photographer and mainly the three families as subjects. I am so much better in so many ways for having read this. Loved the vernacular of the 1930's. High recommendation...

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