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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James T. Farrell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: February 27, 1904 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Farrell was born and raised in Chicago. He attended the University of Chicago and wrote about Irish-American culture in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

James T. Farrell was an American novelist and is best known for his writings which focused on Irish-American culture in Chicago. He began writing when he was 21 years old.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Studs Lonigan: Young Lonigan / The young manhood of Studs Lonigan / Judgment day
ISBN: 1931082553

Library of America. 2004

James T Farrell: Studs Lonigan a Trilogy (Library of America)

Judgement Day
ISBN: B000P0R0B2

The Vanguard Press. 1935

Studs Lonigan
ISBN: 0848819748

Amereon Ltd. 2001

A classic story of an Irish-American youth growing to adulthood in Chicago. Widely regarded as one of the finest American novels from the first half of the twentieth century.

Father and Son
ISBN: 0252032640

University of Illinois Press. 2008

The third book in James T. Farrell’s five-volume series to be republished by the University of Illinois Press, Father and Son follows Danny O’Neill through his struggle into young adulthood among the O’Flaherty and O’Neill families. Full of bewilderment and anxiety, Danny experiences high school, the death of his father, and his first full-time job at the Express Company that employed his father. Fraught with failed attempts to communicate with his father and peers, Danny is burdened by his family’s constant economic and emotional demands.

Literary Integrity And Political Action: The Public Argument Of James T. Farrell (Polemics Series)
ISBN: 0813390710

Routledge. 2000

Literary Integrity and Political Action is the story of writer James T. Farrell's role in the culture wars of 1930s America. Farrell's evolution through the 1930s from a lion of the literary Left and working class causes to a champion of literary independence, personal social commitment and good writing is a fascinating one. His journey was marked with important encounters with the likes of Malcolm Cowley, Edmund Wilson, Granville Hicks, Michael Gold, Mary McCarthy, Sidney Hook, Max Eastman, Philip Rahv, Kenneth Burke and many others caught up in the debate over the Marxist intellectual tradition.Written for academics and casual readers alike, Literary Integrity will be of particular interest to those caught up in the recent efforts of the academic Left to expose the abuses of power inherent to, and the ultimate failure of, late capitalism. While the present generation's critique has been largely limited to analyses of literary works and popular culture, Farrell's generation was powerfully engaged in the debates over what the American Left's role was in rebuilding a democratic society in the face of the Great Depression and the growing totalitarinism of the young Soviet state. This book will help readers better understand the world of intellectuals passionately committed to their work and their world during one of the most fascinating periods of our history.



Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2012