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James T. Farrell: Studs Lonigan a Trilogy
James T. Farrell
1931082553
February 2004
Hardcover
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From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com
James T. Farrell's three-volume narrative of the brief, hapless life of William "Studs" Lonigan is a milestone in American literature, but an exceedingly problematical one. No series of volumes calling itself the Library of America would be complete without it, so it is good that Farrell has at last joined his contemporaries (and fellow naturalist writers) John Dos Passos and Theodore Dreiser in that exalted company, but a clinical rereading of the trilogy serves mainly to expose its many weaknesses. In its own day it was a monument, but in ours it is a period piece.Like countless others who are now in their sixties or older, I first read Studs Lonigan (in the Modern Library "Giant" edition) when I was a teenager, about half a century ago. It was barely two decades old in the...


Paris Year: Dorothy and James T. Farrell, 1931-1932
Edgar Marquess Branch
0821412361
September 1998
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
By the time James T. Farrell set sail for Paris in 1931, Hemingway, Fitzgerald and all the other famous American expatriate writers had left. Sick of the Depression and of his hometown, Chicago, he and his pregnant wife of four days, Dorothy, arrived in Paris on the sly, trying to hide their secret marriage from Dorothy's mother. Farrell's mission was simple: to get published. And after many disappointments (mostly due to censorship concerns because of his explicit prose) the Vanguard Press accepted the first of the Studs Lonigan trilogy, Young Lonigan, on the recommendation of poet Ezra Pound. Branch, a research professor emeritus at Miami University in Ohio, portrays Farrell as a literary outsider trying to make his way in a strange city. There are meetings with Kay Boyle and Padraic Colum, but Farrell is more...


Literary Integrity and Political Action: The Public Argument of James T. Farrell
Kathleen Farrell
0813390710
April 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
The story of writer James T. Farrell's role in culture wars of 1930s America, as an important member of the literary Left and a champion of literary independence, personal social commitment and good writing.


Young Lonigan
James T. Farrell
0142180076
June 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
In American classic in the vein of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, this first book of James T. Farrell's powerful Studs Lonigan trilogy covers five months of the young hero's life in 1916, when he is sixteen years old. In this relentlessly naturalistic yet richly complex portrait, Studs is carried along by his swaggering and shortsighted companions, his narrow family, and his educational and religious background toward a fate that he resists yet cannot escape.

About the Author
James T. Farrell (1904-1979), a native of Chicago, was a prolific novelist and prominent social activist. He is best known for his gritty novels depicting lower middle-class Irish Catholic life, including his masterpiece, The Studs Lonigan trilogy.

Ann Douglas teaches English...


Honest Writer: The Life and Times of James T. Farrell
Robert K. Landers
1893554953
February 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Once regarded as a great chronicler of American urban life, James T. Farrell (19041979) wrote dozens of novels, most of which-except for the Studs Lonigan trilogy-are all but forgotten today. Wilson Quarterly senior editor Landers paints Farrell as an eccentric narcissist who held deep political convictions and an abiding faith in his own power to change the world. Farrell's fiction portrayed lower-middle-class Irish life on Chicago's South Side with an autobiographical naturalism that alienated him from childhood friends and attracted the attention of moralizing censors. In tandem with his "honest" writing, Farrell became deeply involved with communism and socialism, but "he awakened early to the horrors of Stalinism," and Landers recounts Farrell's in-fighting with fellow party members in detail. One wishes...


Studs Lonigan
James T. Farrell
0141186739
November 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Collected here in one volume is James T. Farrell's renowned trilogy of the youth, early manhood, and death of Studs Lonigan: Young Lonigan, The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan, and Judgment Day. In this relentlessly naturalistic portrait, Studs starts out his life full of vigor and ambition, qualities that are crushed by the Chicago youth's limited social and economic environment. Studs's swaggering and vicious comrades, his narrow family, and his educational and religious background lead him to a life of futile dissipation.

Ann Douglas provides an illuminating introductory essay to Farrell's masterpiece, one of the greatest novels of American literature.

With an introduction by Ann Douglas.

About the Author
James T. Farrell, a native of...


Studs Lonigan
James T. Farrell
0252062825
Nov 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
Collected here in one volume is James T. Farrell's renowned trilogy of the youth, early manhood, and death of Studs Lonigan: Young Lonigan, The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan, and Judgment Day. In this relentlessly naturalistic portrait, Studs starts out his life full of vigor and ambition, qualities that are crushed by the Chicago youth's limited social and economic environment. Studs's swaggering and vicious comrades, his narrow family, and his educational and religious background lead him to a life of futile dissipation.

Ann Douglas provides an illuminating introductory essay to Farrell's masterpiece, one of the greatest novels of American literature.

With an introduction by Ann Douglas. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About...


Young Lonigan
James T. Farrell
0451529138
July 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
It's a story about coming-of-age and sexual awakening in the mean streets of 1910s Chicago. It's the beginning of a trilogy that will follow Studs Lonigan throughout adolescence. And, claims Arthur Schlesinger, Jr, it reveals "his vision of the truth-the truth about people, the truth about writing, the truth about America."

About the Author
James T. Farrell (1904-1979), a native of Chicago, was a prolific novelist and prominent social activist. He is best known for his gritty novels depicting lower middle-class Irish Catholic life, including his masterpiece, The Studs Lonigan trilogy.

Ann Douglas teaches English at Columbia University. Her books include Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s and The Feminization of American Culture. ...


Chicago Stories
James T. Farrell
0252019814
March 1998
Paperback
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My Baseball Diary
James T. Farrell
0809321890
April 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
More than 40 years old, and inconceivably out of print for 30 of them, Farrell's Baseball Diary, one of the first gems in a new series of baseball reissues from Southern Illinois University Press, is as rare as a starter who can go nine these days: an ancient text that stays fresh on the wizardry of its ebullient prose. Farrell, who died in 1979, was a hard-hitting novelist and utility man-of- letters; his Studs Lonigan trilogy, which brilliantly mined the lives of the Irish working-class of Chicago in the early part of the century, was certainly a literary grand slam, a masterpiece of American realism. His Diary is less the formal journal of its title than a colorful collection of beautifully crafted remembrances, profiles, observations, and fictional excerpts that span the first 50 years of his seven-decade romance with...


A Note On Literary Criticism
James T. Farrell
0231082568
November 1993
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
From the author of Studs Lonigan: A Trilogy comes this 1936 broadside against literary critics aligned with the orthodox Communist party. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Note on Literary Criticism
James T. Farrell
0231082576
April 1993
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
From the author of Studs Lonigan: A Trilogy comes this 1936 broadside against literary critics aligned with the orthodox Communist party. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Prejudices: A Selection
H. L. Mencken
0801853419
June 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
In the 1920s, when he was at the peak of his form, H. L. Mencken would periodically collect his magazine work and publish his favorite pieces in a series of books entitled Prejudices. This collection represents the best of those books. The essays were selected and introduced by novelist James T. Farrell. Prejudices: A Selection first appeared nearly 40 years ago and is now being published by Johns Hopkins University Press, which is thankfully bringing much of Mencken's work back into print. Included are such gems as Mencken's attack on the South in "The Sahara of the Bozart"; his amazingly prescient appreciation of Ring Lardner; and more than two dozen other essays which show convincingly why Mencken was one of the most popular, most feared, and among fools, the most hated writers of his day.

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