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Timefulness and Now: 75 Years of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Timefulness and Now: 75 Years of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men William C. Palmer t ime F ulness and n o w 75 Years of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men Let Us Now Praise Famous Men at 75: Anniversary Essay s. Ed. Michael A. Lofaro. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 2017. 414 pp. $54.00 cloth. Despite or maybe because of its near anonymity upon release in 1941, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, James Agee’s and Walker Evans’s pho- tojournalistic exploration of three Alabama tenant families’ lives, has become a securely canonical yet often inscrutable object of study. This chronological point in its existence off ers a prodigious opportunit yto consider its value in American and southern culture. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men at 75: Anniversar y Essays, edited by Michael A. Lofaro, uses the seventy-fifth anniversary of the work’s publication to reassess and reconsider its place in literat ure, culture, and history. True to Famous Men’s eclectic nature, the collection covers a wide array of topics, meth- odologies, and approaches. The contributors off er personal responses to the work while still maintaining productive analytical distance. In addition to the more organic nature of the collection ’s chapter order, Lofaro provides a table of content s that separates http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

Timefulness and Now: 75 Years of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 49 (2) – May 12, 2018

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William C. Palmer t ime F ulness and n o w 75 Years of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men Let Us Now Praise Famous Men at 75: Anniversary Essay s. Ed. Michael A. Lofaro. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 2017. 414 pp. $54.00 cloth. Despite or maybe because of its near anonymity upon release in 1941, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, James Agee’s and Walker Evans’s pho- tojournalistic exploration of three Alabama tenant families’ lives, has become a securely canonical yet often inscrutable object of study. This chronological point in its existence off ers a prodigious opportunit yto consider its value in American and southern culture. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men at 75: Anniversar y Essays, edited by Michael A. Lofaro, uses the seventy-fifth anniversary of the work’s publication to reassess and reconsider its place in literat ure, culture, and history. True to Famous Men’s eclectic nature, the collection covers a wide array of topics, meth- odologies, and approaches. The contributors off er personal responses to the work while still maintaining productive analytical distance. In addition to the more organic nature of the collection ’s chapter order, Lofaro provides a table of content s that separates

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Published: May 12, 2018

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