James Agee
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Born: November 27, 1909

Died: May 16, 1955 (aged 45)

Nationality: American

Occupation: Novelist

Bio: James Rufus Agee was an American author, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S. His autobiographical novel, A Death in the Family, won the author a posthumous 1958 Pulitzer Prize.

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