With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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James Agee was a poet, novelist, journalist, film critic, and social activist. His best-known work is Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a nonfiction book about the lives of poor Southern farmers, on which he collaborated with photographer Walker Evans. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Agee died of a heart attack in 1955 at the age of forty-four.
Around me, I realized, the bus was thicker and thicker with people, some standing, some packed on the seats, all swaying, pleasant and patient-seeming in the green-and-gold light which filled the bus. Across the aisle were some sailors, sitting, their faces very young and very red, in their very white uniforms.