James Agee Quotes

[Should we] pry intimately into the lives of an undefended and appallingly damaged group of human beings, an ignorant and helpless rural family, for the purpose of parading the nakedness, disadvantage and humiliation of these lives before another group of human beings, in the name of science, of ‘honest journalism”?

He raised the ethical issue in his classic study of poor whites. He was one of the first to call attention to this and other factors such as objectivity given the background and culture of the journalist or writer.

James Agee Let Us Now Praise Famous Men 1941

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James Agee
James Agee
  • Born: November 27, 1909
  • Died: May 16, 1955
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Novelist

James Rufus Agee was an American novelist, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S. His autobiographical novel, A Death in the Family (1957), won the author a posthumous 1958 Pulitzer Prize.