James Agee (1909-1955), who died in 1955 at the age of 45, was awarded the 1958 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel A Death in the Family (1957). Agee left the manuscript unfinished at the time of his death; the novel was published posthumously in 1957, two years after he died, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1958.
AGEE James [1909-1955] Poet, novelist. Born James Rufus Agee in Knoxville, Tennessee. NOVELS A Death in the Family (1957: winner of the 1958 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction); The Morning Watch (1951) POETRY Collected Poems (ed. Robert Fitzgerald) (1968); Permit Me Voyage and Other Poems (1934) NONFICTION James Agee: Film Writing and Selected Journalism (ed. Michael Sragow) (2005); The Collected Short Prose of James Agee (ed. Robert Fitzgerald) (1968); Letters of James Agee to Father Flye (1962); Agee on Film (with drawings by Tomi Ungerer) (1958-60); Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Three Tenant Families (with Walker Evans) (1941)
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