Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Bruce Baker


James Agee died in 1955; he was forty-five years old. While riding in a New York taxi cab, the author was stricken with a fatal heart attack which was not completely unexpected. Agee, a tall, gangling individual, had little regard for physical fitness and he often subsisted on heavy smoking, drinking, and all-night bull sessions. His personal appearance was his least worry as a close friend relates: his clothes were dark and shiny. I can't imagine him in a new suit. Black shoes scuffed Gray, wrinkled collar, a button off his shirt and a ravelled tie -- He wore clothes to be warm and decent. Jim's elegance was inward. I doubt whether he had any idea of what he looked like, or whether he ever looked in a mirror except to shave. Vanity wasn't in him.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1970 John W. Jobst II.

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