James Agee's and Walker Evans' "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men"

James Agee's and Walker Evans' "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men"

Author: 
James Agee
Book Excerpt: 
"During July and August 1936, Walker Evans and I were traveling in the middle south of this nation, and were engaged in what, even from the first, has seemed to me rather a curious piece of work. It was our busines to prepare, for a New York magazine, an article on cotton tenantry in the United States, in the form of a photographic and verbal record of daily living and environment of an average white family of tenant farmers. We had first to find and to live with such a family; that was the object of our traveling. "We found no one family through which the whole of tenantry in that country could be justly represented, but decided that through three we had come to know, our job might with qualified adequacy be done. With the most nearly representative of the three we lived a little less than four weeks, seeing them and the others intimately and constantly. At the end of August, long before we were willing to, we returned into the north and got our work ready. . . . "
Year of Publication: 
Wed, 1941-01-01
Rights Information: 
Copyrighted, Houghton Mifflin
City of Publication: 
Boston
Book Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin