A Death in the Family, received the Pulitzer Prize in 1958 when it was published posthumously. Agee’s protogee, Dwight MacDowell, was largely responsible for editing the incomplete, although nearly finished manuscript. Set in Knoxville, TN, the autobiographical novel focuses on the sudden death of a young father and it's impact on his grieving family.
For more information on James Agee and A Death in the Family see these links:
Agee's Obituary in The New York TimesNoveList Plus - reviews
Modern American Literature - excerpts from contemporary reviews
More recently, A Death in the Family was re-edited by Michael Lofaro. He added 10 new chapters and arranged the story in chronological order. Is it closer to the author's original intentions? See a New York Times 2008 review of A Death in the Family: A Restoration of the Author’sText (University of Tennessee).