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    Landowners

    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    James Agee submitted this previously unpublished article about tenant farmers in Alabama to Fortune Magazine, where he was a staff writer, in 1936.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 »