James Agee: An American Son

A celebration of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and film critic.

A performance featuring excerpts from many of James Agee’s most beloved writings and cinema reviews, including portions of his classic novel A Death in the Family, as well as biographical elements of his short life.

Created by founders Randall Stuart & Gemma Whelan – and performed by members of the Cerimon House Board of Directors and special guest Megan Cole – this was our first official “salon”, and performed at Stonehenge Studios in Portland. Folk songs filled the air, and Agee’s words were heard afresh.

With the dualistic voices of Tennessee and New York in his writing, Agee was an American treasure and an American son. His life was as epic as his stories and discoveries: bittersweet, brilliant, ageless. Part of Cerimon House’s creative and educational model is to create evenings focused on great literature and authors, and Agee paved the way for us.

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