Bonhams : AGEE, JAMES. 1909-1955. Letters of James Agee to Father Flye. New York: George Braziller, 1962.
AGEE, JAMES. 1909-1955. Letters of James Agee to Father Flye. New York: George Braziller, 1962.

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Lot 189
AGEE, JAMES. 1909-1955.
Letters of James Agee to Father Flye. New York: George Braziller, 1962.

US$ 1,200 - 1,800
£ 950 - 1,400
AGEE, JAMES. 1909-1955.
Letters of James Agee to Father Flye. New York: George Braziller, 1962.
Publisher's blue cloth, dust jacket. Wear, chipping and staining to dust jacket, some spotting on page edges.
WITH: Autograph Manuscript fragment, 2 pp, in pencil, one paragraph of text on each page, undated, with additional manuscript transcription by Father Flye.
WITH: Photographic portrait of James Agee by Helen Levitt, 220 x 152 mm, gelatin silver print. An image evidently from the same photo shoot as the portrait featured on the cover of the book.

FIRST EDITION, ASSOCIATION COPY, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY FATHER FLYE: "To Martha Wittenbach, In friendship and regard. Fr. Flye." Agee's close friend, correspondent and mentor, Father Flye, met the writer in 1918 while teaching at an Episcopal school in Tennessee, when James Agee was only 9 years old. The minister's letters from his Pulitzer Prize-winning student were collected and published in 1962. Here Father Flye inscribes the book to a correspondent, Martha Wittenbach, to whom he has also sent the two included manuscript fragments in Agee's hand, which he describes as Stray page of something to be used in A Death in the Family. The author's extremely fine handwriting in pencil is mentioned in Father Flye's introduction to the book: ... he used a well-sharpened pencil, and developed a very small handwriting which made reading a slow and at times a trying and well-nigh baffling task ..."
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