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by Laurence Bergreen


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Bergreen's first book was Look Now, Pay Later: The Rise of Network Broadcasting, published in 1980. His biography, James Agee: A Life, was a New York Times Notable Book for 1984

Bergreen's first book was Look Now, Pay Later: The Rise of Network Broadcasting, published in 1980. His biography, James Agee: A Life, was a New York Times Notable Book for 1984. As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin, appeared in 1990. It won the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award and the ASCAP-Deems Taylor award; it was also a New York Times Notable Book for 1990. In 1994, he published Capone: The Man and the Era.

The Bad: Two things come to mind

Ships from and sold by RalstonBks. The Bad: Two things come to mind. The first and most relevant is that Bergreen draws on Agee's own writing (in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, A Death in the Family, and other books) to flesh out his depiction of Agee's life. It's a bit disconcerting to find quotes that supposedly describe Agee's fictional characters applied to the author's life as if taken directly from a non-fiction source.

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James Agee was a tremendously talented writer. And apparently a real drunk. This is a very sad and familiar story. Bergreen tells the story well, one of those tales that makes us wonder what in the world is going on inside our heads.

Laurence Bergreen (born February 4, 1950) is an American historian and . James Agee: A Life (1984). As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin (1990). Capone: The Man and the Era (1994).

Laurence Bergreen (born February 4, 1950) is an American historian and author. After graduating from Harvard University in 1972, Bergreen worked in journalism, academia and broadcasting before publishing his first biography, James Agee: A Life. Bergreen's first book was Look Now, Pay Later: The Rise of Network Broadcasting, published in 1980. Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life (1997).

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By Laurence Bergreen. 'If it hurts you, be glad of i. ' As Laurence Bergreen demonstrates in ''James Agee,'' this was typical

Now Laurence Bergreen's remarkable book brings to life the passionate, courageous, and charismatic . Laurence Bergreen was born in New York City and educated at Harvard University.

Now Laurence Bergreen's remarkable book brings to life the passionate, courageous, and charismatic figure who forever changed the face of American music. He is the author of As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin (winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award); James Agee: A Life; and Capone: The Man and the Era. A frequent contributor to Esquire, Newsweek, the New York Times, and other publications, he lives in New York City with his family.

Agee's role in the history of film-criticism remains vague in Bergreen's treatment,) He avidly sought a screenplay-writing career-chiefly for ""dangerous"" John Huston, with The African Queen. And meanwhile his private life was a dank shambles: three marriages, compulsive womanizing, absentee fatherhood, deepening alcoholism, suicidal hedonism, and a morbid, perverse streak-e. insisting that wife Alma make love with Walker Evans while Agee watched.

James Agee: A Life may be even be a better book than James Agee, the man or writer, deserved. In this first full-scale life of multi-talented writer-poet, journalist, novelist, film critic, e Bergreen has made the most of this bounty. His James Agee: A Life is a biography of uncommon style and substance with a sure feeling for the subtleties of characte. .What the biographer has given us, in short, is a superb evocation of the writer. New York Times Notable Book, 1984.

A biography of American novelist, critic, poet, and screenwriter James Agee discusses his youth, education, marriages and affairs, literary career, profligate lifestyle, and early death and analyzes Agee's role in American letters

Comments: (4)

Nahn
I hadn't read a comprehensive biography of James Agee until I read this book. It was comprehensive and gave so many more details of the personality of James Agee that I couldn't have found anywhere else. It was well worth reading.
SkroN
Love having my own copy.
Thofyn
Description:
A biography of the American journalist, novelist, and screenwriter James Agee.

The Good:
This book is a solidly written account of James Agee's life from his youngest days to his infamously early death of a heart attack in the 1950s. I've been fanatical about Agee since I read _Let Us Now Praise Famous Men_, and this book is a great read for anyone who's interested in his works but unfamiliar with the life of the man himself. I devoured this biography.

The Bad:
Two things come to mind. The first and most relevant is that Bergreen draws on Agee's own writing (in _Let Us Now Praise Famous Men_, _A Death in the Family_, and other books) to flesh out his depiction of Agee's life. It's a bit disconcerting to find quotes that supposedly describe Agee's fictional characters applied to the author's life as if taken directly from a non-fiction source. Granted, Agee's novels were little more than dressed-up autobiographies, but it's hard to shake the feeling that Bergreen shouldn't be quoting them directly as if they were unequivocal truth.
Secondly, for someone who's come to admire Agee for his extraordinary prose, it can be a bit of a shock to discover that he was just a mere mortal, and a pretty flawed one at that. To focus only on the negatives in the book would give us a portrait of Agee as a self-obsessed alcoholic incapable of restraining his puerile sexual urges, causing untold damages to his relationships with his friends and family. Of course Bergreen is a very fair biographer and we don't only get this impression, but it's still somewhat difficult to imagine the man described acted as the vessel for the literary legacy that outlived him.

The Verdict:
Agee: A Life is a wonderfully written biography of the flawed genius who was James Agee. The photographs are a great addition, as they allow the reader to look over the friends and the various women who passed through his life. Highly recommended for those who are interested in the inspirations for his work and the conditions under which Agee wrote his articles, novels and scripts.
Risky Strong Dromedary
James Agee was a tremendously talented writer. And apparently a real drunk. This is a very sad and familiar story. Bergreen tells the story well, one of those tales that makes us wonder what in the world is going on inside our heads. On the other hand, one might say Agee simply had a rather commn disease (alcoholism) at a time when effective help was still hard to get. (He was 45 years old when he died of a heart attack in 1955.)
I read "Let us Now Praise Famous Men" when I was sixteen years old and it had a tremendous impact on me. It's a book to keep coming back to. Agee seemed so interested in the plight of others. It's a shame he didn't get the help that may have benefitted him. I look forward to reading Erik Wensberg's biography.
James Agee: A Life download epub
Author: Laurence Bergreen
ISBN: 0140080643
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (July 2, 1985)
Pages: 467 pages