Let Us Now Praise Famous Men Book Summary and Study Guide

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In 1936, writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans were sent to the Deep South to do a story on sharecropping cotton farmers. Like the Mississippi, the project overran its banks and the article never ran. The result instead is a lush, rambling meditation on poverty, farming, animals, racism, and three families whose lives are dissected exhaustively along with 62 photographs of them and their surroundings. Agee calls himself a "spy" and worries about prying into the private miseries of these individuals for the entertainment of casual readers; his prose seems Biblical in its verbosity, repetition, and majesty. He discusses the families' homes and precious few belongings in minute detail, work, finances, clothing, education (what little there is of it), and all the creatures in the area. The result is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece of style and close reporting tempered by massive compassion and humility.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Life of a profession:    -   farmer Other aspects:    -   story of the poor Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   general poverty story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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