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Chaplin and Agee

The Untold Story of the Tramp, the Writer, and the Lost Screenplay

John Wranovics

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Chaplin and Agee charts the friendship between James Agee, author of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Pulitzer Prize-winning A Death in the Family and screenwriter for American classics including The African Queen, and Charlie Chaplin, who starred in a staggering number of films from 1914 to 1967. This friendship emerged in the midst of the tumult of the 1940s and 1950s, with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, McCarthyism and blacklisting. In print here for the first time is Agee's first screenplay, The Tramp's New World, lost until recently. The striking screenplay--a comedy "so dark it was without precedent"--was written for Chaplin's tramp character and set in post-apocalyptic New York. Chaplin and Agee also features many previously unpublished letters and photographs. As the story moves from Hollywood to Greenwich Village, these two figures come to life, revealing the untold story of the great bond between two influential twentieth-century artists.
Chaplin and Agee charts the friendship between James Agee, author of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Pulitzer Prize-winning A Death in the Family and screenwriter for American classics including The African Queen, and Charlie Chaplin, who starred in a staggering number of films from 1914 to 1967. This friendship emerged in the midst of the tumult of the 1940s and 1950s, with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, McCarthyism and blacklisting. In print here for the first time is Agee's first screenplay, The Tramp's New World, lost until recently. The striking screenplay--a comedy "so dark it was without precedent"--was written for Chaplin's tramp character and set in post-apocalyptic New York. Chaplin and Agee also features many previously unpublished letters and photographs. As the story moves from Hollywood to Greenwich Village, these two figures come to life, revealing the untold story of the great bond between two influential twentieth-century artists.

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Chaplin and Agee was recently declared a finalist for the 2005 Theatre Librarian Association Award honoring the most outstanding book in recorded or broadcast performance, including film, television or radio. 
"A true page-turner"--David Sterritt, The Christian Science Monitor
"A real addition to film culture (and the culture of the Cold War), complete with the treatment for an unmade movie so vivid that it practically sears the mind's eye."--J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"John Wranovics revives...a whole lost age, full of emigre intellectuals, hard-drinking Greenwich Village authors and a number of quite surprising villains."--Stephen Whitty, Star-Ledger and Newhouse Newspapers
"Wranovics does an excellent job of bringing Agee, and his times and his politics, to life. Even those not particularly interested in the novelist will find it an absorbing enough read. Those who are interested in the era, and scholars of Agee and Chaplin, will find the book to be a small treasure."--BookReporter.com
Chaplin and Agee was recently declared a finalist for the 2005 Theatre Librarian Association Award honoring the most outstanding book in recorded or broadcast performance, including film, television or radio. 
"A true page-turner"--David Sterritt, The Christian Science Monitor
"A real addition to film culture (and the culture of the Cold War), complete with the treatment for an unmade movie so vivid that it practically sears the mind's eye."--J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"John Wranovics revives...a whole lost age, full of emigre intellectuals, hard-drinking Greenwich Village authors and a number of quite surprising villains."--Stephen Whitty, Star-Ledger and Newhouse Newspapers
"Wranovics does an excellent job of bringing Agee, and his times and his politics, to life. Even those not particularly interested in the novelist will find it an absorbing enough read. Those who are interested in the era, and scholars of Agee and Chaplin, will find the book to be a small treasure."--BookReporter.com

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  • John Wranovics

  • John Wranovics is a Director of Marketing for a leading electronics and computing manufacturer who has written for The Boston Book Review. He lives in Pleasanton, California.
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Chaplin and Agee

The Untold Story of the Tramp, the Writer, and the Lost Screenplay

John Wranovics

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