Fifty years after James Agee’s death, a cache of his manuscripts were found, including one labeled “Cotton Tenants.” This turned out to be the 30,000 word report (long considered lost) for the Fortune magazine assignment that eventually turned into Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. A few weeks ago, Melville House published this never-before-seen report along with thirty of Walker Evans’s historic photos.

Fifty years after James Agee’s death, a cache of his manuscripts were found, including one labeled “Cotton Tenants.” This turned out to be the 30,000 word report (long considered lost) for theĀ Fortune magazine assignment that eventually turned into Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. A few weeks ago, Melville House published this never-before-seen report along with thirty of Walker Evans’s historic photos.

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