James Agee

Critic, Screenwriter, Novelist
Noted American author whose early death at age 45 and posthumously published works elevated him to the mythic status of romantic literary hero-victim. Agee's best known books include the compelling documentary ... Read more »
Born: 11/27/1909 in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Writer (7)

All the Way Home 1963 (Movie)

("A Death in the Family") (Source Material (from novel))

Green Magic 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Night of the Hunter 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Face to Face 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The African Queen 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Quiet One 1948 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

A Death in the Family (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)
Music (2)

Thomas Hampson: I Hear America Singing 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Singing Positive (TV Show)

Song
Actor (1)

Face to Face 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)
Other (2)

Green Magic 1955 (Movie)

commentary(English-language version) (Other)

The Quiet One 1948 (Movie)

commentary (Other)

Biography

Noted American author whose early death at age 45 and posthumously published works elevated him to the mythic status of romantic literary hero-victim. Agee's best known books include the compelling documentary collaboration with photographer Walker Evans, "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" (1941) which chronicled the hard lives of Alabama sharecroppers, and the autobiographical, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "A Death in the Family" (posthumously published in 1957).

Relationships

Laura Tyler

Mother

Hugh Agee

Father
worked at father-in-law's machine company his death in a car accident on May 18, 1916 served as subject of Agee's novel "A Death in the Family"

Andrea Agee

Daughter
born in 1950 mother, Mia Fritsch

Teresa Agee

Daughter
born in 1946 mother, Mia Fritsch

Joel Agee

Son
born in March 1940 mother, Alma Mailman Neuman

John Agee

Son
born 1946 mother, Mia Fritsch

Mia Fritsch

Wife
met Agee while she was a researcher at Fortune magazine in 1939 married in 1944 until his death 1955

Alma Neuman

Wife
met while Agee was a student at Harvard married in 1938 separated in 1941

Olivia Wood

Wife
met while attending Harvard in 1930 married in 1933 divorced in 1938

EDUCATION

Phillips Exeter Academy

Exeter , New Hampshire 1925
was associate editor, then editor-in-chief of PHILLIPS EXETER MONTHLY MAGAZINE

St Andrews School

Sewanee , Tennessee 1919 - 1922
school served as background for novella, "Morning Watch"

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1928 - 1932
edited the ADVOCATE; roommate, Robert Saudek, later produced TV series, "Omnibus" which commissioned Agee to write script for five-part series on life of Abraham Lincoln

Milestones

1955

Wrote the screenplay adaptation of Davis Grubb's "The Night of the Hunter"

1951

With director John Huston, co-wrote script for "The African Queen"

1949

Wrote and narrated documentary short, "The Quiet One"

1936

On assignment for FORTUNE magazine, created "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" with photographer Walker Evans

1934

Collection of his poetry, "Permit Me Voyage" won publication in the Yale Younger Poets Series

1932

Joined editorial staff of FORTUNE magazine as feature writer

Wrote signed film column for THE NATION

Wrote unsigned movie reviews for TIME magazine

Bonus Trivia

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He was awarded the Yale Prize for Younger Poets (1932).

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