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    James Agee Issue No. 23

    An excerpt from James Agee’s Cotton Tenants (1936), published by Melville House and The Baffler. The essential structure of the South is, of course, economic: cold and inevitable
as the laws of chemistry. But that is… Read More »

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    Cotton Tenants: Three Families

    James Agee

    A rediscovered masterpiece of reporting by a literary icon and a celebrated photographer. In 1941, James Agee and Walker Evans published Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a 400-page prose symphony about three tenant farming… Read More »

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    Cotton Tenants

    James Agee Issue No. 19

    James Agee submitted this previously unpublished article about tenant farmers in Alabama to Fortune Magazine, where he was a staff writer, in 1936. Fortune rejected the article, for reasons unknown, and Agee expanded it into… Read More »