Books: The Unquiet One

LETTERS OF JAMES AGEE TO FATHER FLYE (235 pp.)—Brazlller ($5).

When James Agee died of a heart attack in a New York taxicab at the age of 45, he was already something of a legend. The legend partly derived from the very fact that he was so little known and had written so little outside of his critical and journalistic work. His admirers cherished him like a shared secret.

In fact, Agee's best work was published after his death. A Death in the Family is a classic in the American tradition of evoked childhood; it...

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