A Death in the Family

by James Agee

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Barson, Alfred T. A Way of Seeing: A Critical Study of James Agee. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1972.

Bergreen, Laurence. James Agee: A Life. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1984. A fascinating biography that discusses A Death in the Family. Many fine photos.

Doty, Mark A. Tell Me Who I Am: James Agee’s Search for Selfhood. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981. An interesting study of Agee’s search for selfhood, in which the remembrances in A Death in the Family play a major role.

Kramer, Victor A. Agee and Actuality: Artistic Vision in His Work. Troy, N.Y.: Whitston, 1991.

Kramer, Victor A. James Agee. Boston: Twayne, 1975. A lifelong Agee scholar, Kramer has invaluable insights on the novel.

Lofaro, Michael A., ed. James Agee: Reconsiderations. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1992. Thirteen essays detail the full range of Agee’s writings.

Madden, David, ed. Remembering James Agee. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1974. Includes essays and recollections by Agee’s friends, which provide human dimensions to the novel.

Moreau, Geneviève. The Restless Journey of James Agee. Translated by Miriam Kleiger. New York: William Morrow, 1977. A sensitive portrayal of Agee and his work.

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