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February 7th, 2024

“A Death in the Family by James Agee?  Or by whom?”

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About the class:

Want to know what James Agee really wrote?  Ever wonder why his father, whose death even informs the novel’s title, is so minor a character?  Or think about whether the sections of flashbacks help or hinder the novel’s impact upon the reader? 


In fact, several years of literary detective work reveal that Agee’s own complete and final version of the Pulitzer-Prize winning story actually tells a far different tale than the one we all know.


Join Michael Lofaro, who restored the original text of James Agee’s A Death in the Family, to explore the radical changes that an editor secretly made to Agee’s intended novel after the author’s death.




Michael A. Lofaro, Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee, is the author or editor of twenty-two books, an online database, over eighty articles, and has received over sixty fellowships, grants, and awards.  One of his favorite topics is Knoxville’s own James Agee and he has brought many new works of Agee’s to light in the ongoing scholarly edition of The Works of James Agee (11 vols.; 5 in print) and other publications.

Details: Wednesday, February 7th | 7 - 8:30 PM

Cost: $25 (plus fees/taxes) per person

Attendees for this class will receive a 10% discount on any item purchased in-store during the event. 

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