Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1941. First edition. A Near Fine copy on account of a faint red smudge to the closed page block, not affecting the inner sheets, otherwise in excellent condition. In a Very Good+ dust jacket that is faded along the spine, as usual, and with slight wear at the extremities, but no real chips or tears.
“Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” is the surprisingly striking product of a Fortune Magazine collaboration between photographer, Walker Evans, and writer, James Agee, in 1936. For four weeks they lived, worked alongside, and earned the trust of desolately impoverished sharecropping families in Alabama. Originally envisioned as a short article on sharecroppers in the Deep South amidst the reforms of President Roosevelt’s “New Deal,” Agee and Walker expanded the work considerably. Emotionally driven by the poverty they experienced, Agee and Walker crafted a fictionalized account of three families incorporating Evans’ powerful images. Despite a lukewarm initial reception, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” was brought to national attention by the social justice movements of the 1960s and has remained an important work of southern literature and an innovative collaborative work. Near Fine in Very Good + dust jacket. (Item #1715)