James Agee Biography

Author, Screenwriter, Poet (1909–1955)
James Agee was a film critic for TIME magazine, penned the screenplay for The African Queen, and won the 1958 Pulitzer Prize for his novel A Death in the Family.


James Agee was born on November 27, 1909, in Knoxville, Tennessee. In the 1940s, he became a film critic for TIME magazine and The Nation. By the end of the 1940s, he had begun screenwriting, and went on to co-write the screenplays for The African Queen (1951) and The Night of the Hunter (1955). Agee died in New York City on May 16, 1955. Three years later, in 1958, he was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his novel A Death in the Family.


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