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James Agee Trust

I was appointed Trustee of The James Agee Trust in April of 2002 and have had a wonderful time helping to revive the reputation of this brilliant and unclassifiable American writer, Deedee’s father.  The Trust holds the literary rights to Agee’s work, including Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, A Death In the Family, film scripts and criticism, journalism, short fiction and poetry (for example “Sure on This Shining Night” and “Knoxville, Summer 1915.” ).  It has been gratifying to preside over a period of significant new interest, including the recent publication of a 2-volume Library of America collection of Agee's work, a projected new version of "A Death in the Family" and a projected new biography by a distinguished author.  Much of my work has been straightening out the finances of the Trust, appointing a highly regarded literary agent, and reviving interest among scholars and artists after a period of inactivity by the Trust. 

One of the most gratifying outcomes was the week-long James Agee Celebration in Knoxville, TN, in April of 2005.  The painting at the right was used as the logo for the conference.  Our son David painted it while he was in high school, after a photo of Agee by Florence Homolka.

Here's an essay I wrote for the conference, "James Agee:  Now More Than Ever."  It was published in Agee Agonistes:  Essays on the Life, Legend, and Works of James Agee, edited by Michael Lofaro, Knoxville:  University of Tennessee Press, 2007.

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