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Agee's "A Death in the Family" revised


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#1 dirac

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 11:06 AM

A new and supposedly more authentic edition of James Agee’s “A Death in the Family” is in the works. Associated Press report in the Seattle Times:

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He never lived to see the book win the Pulitzer Prize in 1958, or to see it become a staple on high-school summer reading lists. He never even approved its final form. 
Now Agee scholar Michael Lofaro says that "A Death in the Family" was pulled together by a misguided editor whose final version does not match Agee's intentions.



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Posted 10 May 2005 - 02:35 PM

I seem to recall a film version of 'A Death In the Family" with Robert Preston as the father---or am I confusing this with "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"?

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 02:47 PM

You are not confused. The film version of "A Death in the Family" stars Preston and Jean Simmons, and it's called "All the Way Home." "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs," from Inge's play, also starred Preston, with Dorothy McGuire as his wife. And they're both dark family dramas, as you know. :)


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