A Death in the Family

We are (slowly) starting a prize winners page, with commentary by Classics customers.

The first is Pulitzer Prize Winner Death in the Family by James Agee, that won the Pultizer Prize in 1958 and made the Time magazine’s list of the 100 best English-language novels  written since 1923.

Carolyn Stetson: “It was a very powerful work about family, belief and loss….I would recommend it.”

Marcia Wood: “I would say that there are a few books I have read which I had to begin again immediately after finishing the last page. This was one. It is a powerful, autobiographical story about family and grief, but I read it a second time not because I thought I had missed something in the plot but to find out “How did he do that?” How did he find that voice and that language? No wonder it’s a Pulitzer Prize winner, as was the play that was later based on the book. Sadly, author James Agee died in poverty before the book was even published, and never knew how influential it would be.”

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