The American classic-now available from Penguin for the first time
Published in 1957, two years after its author's death at the age of forty-five, "A Death in the Family" remains a near-perfect work of art, an autobiographical novel that contains one of the most evocative depictions of loss and grief ever written. As Jay Follet hurries back to his home in Knoxville, Tennessee, he is killed in a car accident-a tragedy that destroys not only a life, but also the domestic happiness and contentment of a young family. A novel of great courage, lyric force, and powerful emotion, "A Death in the Family" is a masterpiece of American literature.
"The work of a writer whose power with English words can make you gasp." Alfred Kazin, The New York Times Book Review "It is, in the full sense, poetry. . . . The language of the book, at once luminous and discreet . . . remains in the mind." The New Republic "Wonderfully alive." The New Yorker A Death in the Familyremains one of the most beautifully written of all American novels. James Agee s talent was both luxuriant and precise, and the opening sequence is still one of the finest prose poems in our language. He is one of those writers who cause other writers to shiver with pure pleasure. Pat Conroy People I know who readA Death in the Familyforty years ago still talk about it. So do I. It is a great book, and I m happy to see it done anew. Andre Dubus For as long as fiction is read, James Agee sA Death in the Familystands as an American masterpiece. There is no stronger, more moving document in our literature than this account of a father s sudden death in the early years of our century. Here are the full spectrum of emotion and resonance, the tensile, perfectly nuanced language, the prayerful inquiry into identity itself, and characters so perfectly rounded that they exist in every specificity of inquiry, acute awareness, dumb love, and sensual arrest. This book has been my Bible; may it bless new generations of readers. Jayne Anne Phillips"
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 12
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 1st September 2008
Publisher: Penguin Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.3 x 12.7 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.2