Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee
Brilliant and versatile, he wrote the text for Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941), which, with photographs by Walker Evans, details the lives of Depression-era sharecroppers. He also wrote the screenplays The African Queen (1951) and Night of the Hunter (1955) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Death in the Family (1957), as well as poetry and film criticism.Died: 5/16/1955
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