"Off-Stage Voices in James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Reportage as Covert Autobiography" - William Todd Schultz

"Off-Stage Voices in James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Reportage as Covert Autobiography" - William Todd Schultz

by: William Todd Schultz | publication date: May 1, 1999 | Publication: American Imago | volume: 56 | journal issue: 1 | pages: pp. 75-104

"What became FM began as an assignment for Fortune magazine, luxurious track record of the noteworthy rich, with Agee and Evans traveling to Alabama in search of an article on tenant farming. Neither Agee nor Evans felt comfortable with what Agee called this "curious" arrangement, and so from the beginning publication—in any form Fortune could use—seemed only a distant possibility. The magazine had in fact considered a similar proposal several years earlier by photographer Horace Bristol and John Steinbeck, but Steinbeck eventually vetoed the arrangements due to Fortune's clear and shameless celebration of capitalist ideology (Sacramento Bee. April 5, 1989), a style in direct contradiction to the spirit of the project."

William Todd Schultz analyzes James Agee's "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men."

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