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By James Agee

A re-discovered masterpiece of reporting via a literary icon and a celebrated photographer.

In 1941, James Agee and Walker Evans released Let Us Now compliment recognized Men, a four-hundred-page prose symphony approximately 3 tenant farming households in Hale County, Alabama on the peak of the good melancholy. The booklet shattered journalistic and literary conventions. Critic Lionel Trilling known as it the “most lifelike and most vital ethical attempt of our American generation.”

The origins of Agee and Evan's well-known collaboration date again to an task for Fortune journal, which despatched them to Alabama in the summertime of 1936 to record a narrative that was once by no means released. a few have assumed that Fortune's editors shelved the tale as a result of the unconventional type that marked Let Us Now compliment recognized Men, and for years the unique record used to be lost.

But fifty years after Agee’s demise, a trove of his manuscripts grew to become out to incorporate a typescript categorized “Cotton Tenants.” as soon as tested, the pages made it transparent that Agee had in reality written a masterly, 30,000-word document for Fortune.

Published the following for the 1st time, and observed via thirty of Walker Evans’s ancient photographs, Cotton Tenants is an eloquent record of 3 households suffering via determined instances. certainly, Agee’s dispatch continues to be suitable as essentially the most sincere explorations of poverty in the USA ever tried and as a foundational rfile of long-form reporting. because the novelist Adam Haslett writes in an advent, it truly is “a poet’s short for the prosecution of financial and social injustice.”

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