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Let us now praise famous men: three tenant families 24 editions

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Let Us Now Praise Famous Men is a book with text by American writer James Agee and photographs by American photographer Walker Evans, first published in 1941 in the United States.
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men grew out of an assignment the two men accepted in 1936 to produce a Fortune magazine article on the conditions among sharecropper families in the American South during the "Dust Bowl". It was the time of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt's "New Deal" programs designed to help the poorest segments of the society. Agee and Evans spent eight weeks that summer researching their assignment, mainly among three white sharecropping families mired in desperate poverty. They returned with Evans' portfolio of stark images—of families with gaunt faces, adults and children huddled in bare shacks before dusty yards in the Depression-era nowhere of the deep south—and Agee's detailed notes.

As he remarks in the book's preface, the original assignment was to produce a "photographic and verbal record of the daily living and environment of an average white family of tenant farmers". However, as the Literary Encyclopedia points out, "Agee ultimately conceived of the project as a work of several volumes to be entitled Three Tenant Families, though only the first volume, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, was ever written". Agee considered that the larger work, though based in journalism, would be "an independent inquiry into certain normal predicaments of human divinity"

24 editions First published in 1941

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Let us now praise famous men: A death in the family, & shorter fiction
2005, Library of America, Distributed to the trade in the U.S. by Penguin Putnam
in English
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Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Three Tenant Families
July 2002, Violette Editions
Hardcover in English - New Ed edition
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Let us now praise famous men
1988, Pan Books
in English
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Let us now praise famous men: three tenant families
1984, Southern Living Gallery
in English - Special ed.
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Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
September 1973, Houghton Mifflin Company
in English
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Let us now praise famous men
1969, Houghton Mifflin
in English
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Let us now praise famous men
1969, Houghton Mifflin
in English
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Let us now praise famous men
1966, Ballantine Books
in English
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Let us now praise famous men
1960, Houghton Mifflin
in English - [1st ed., repr. with additional photographs].
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Cover of: Let us now praise famous men
Let us now praise famous men
1941, Houghton Mifflin company
in English
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Let us now praise famous men
1941, Houghton Mifflin
in English
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Let us now praise famous men
Publish date unknown, Caedmon [TC 1324.
in English
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Let us now praise famous men: three tenant families
Publish date unknown, Houghton Mifflin

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