Wednesday, May 9, 2012

James Agee And Walker Evans LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN And AGEE His Life Remembered

Link below to some of the photos by Walker Evans for the book LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN.

These pictures were taken in Alabama in 1936 by photographer Walker Evans. I recently read the book shown at the top of this post.
There are more pictures in that book by Walker Evans showing these poor people and how they lived at that time. Seeing these people wearing rags really hit hard.
I have read and re read LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN many times but by reading the book shown above I learned much more about James Agee.
Above is a photo of the first edition of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. First published in 1941.

The first edition came out in 1941 and only sold 800 copies out of the 1500 printed. WW2 was coming on and very few people were interested in tenant farmers in Alabama.

The book was re-issued in 1960 and sold very well. Interest in the south was high because of the beginnings of the civil rights movement.
Below is what the 1960 re-issue looks like.