Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson's "And Their Children After Them: The Legacy of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men"

Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson's "And Their Children After Them: The Legacy of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men"

Author: 
Dale Maharidge
Michael Williamson

In this Pulitzer Prize winning book, Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson go back to investigate what James Agee and Walker Evans experienced in the 1936 book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.

Book Excerpt: 
". . .There are three reasons why I described our work as off, even foolish. First, it should be noted this undertaking was marked by difficulties. On one level, it was a smile act of journalism, an exercise in investigative research, work we had been trained to do. This implies indifference, and no word could be less accurate in characterizing our attitude. Agee remarked that he and Evans were 'spies,' that they had been sent forth to learn of their subjects by infiltrating their lives in a somewhat secretive manner. It seems to me Agee also sometimes felt he was a figurative rapist. And now we were returning to the scene of the crime, so to speak, coconspirators in the eyes of some, not just to inquire of the deed but to demand seconds, reopening old memories of private things they'd been induced to yield to Agee, probing new ones. . ."
Year of Publication: 
Sat, 2008-11-01
Book Publisher: 
Seven Stories Press