Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
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.
Jobst, John William, "God and death in selected works of James Agee" (1970). Student Work. 3245.
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