A Death in the Family
By James Agee
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143115847, 320pp.)
Publication Date: September 10, 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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
" Brilliant, moving, and written with . . . objectivity and control. . . . It is wonderfully alive."
-The New Yorker