Stephen Crane on film : James Agee's adaptation of "The Blue Hotel"

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Anne Louise Wiggins (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Donald Darnell

Abstract: In speaking of James Agee's writing, John Huston, the film director, says, "In a sense it was all poetry.”1 This is the refrain of those familiar with Agee's short fiction, novels, poetry, letters, film criticism, or film scripts themselves. The beauty and sensitivity of Agee's work has such attraction for his readers that a cult has virtually formed around him and the legend of his life since 1955, the year of his fatal heart attack. As Robert Phelps says, Agee is "a born, sovereign prince of the English language.'"2 In discussing Agee's talents, the student of his work is left therefore in a paradoxical situation— that of needing to be another Agee in order to convey an impression of the complexity and naked beauty of his best writing.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1966

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