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James T. Farrell

James T. Farrell

James Thomas Farrell (February 27, 1904 – August 22, 1979) was an American

   

James T. Farrell

 

He is most remembered for the Studs Lonigan trilogy, which was made into a film

He is most remembered for the Studs Lonigan trilogy , which was made into a film

in 1960 and a television series in 1979.

 

Contents

Biography

Politics

Marriages

Legacy

Bibliography Posthumous editions

References

James T. Farrell in the 1950s

External links

Born

James Thomas Farrell February 27, 1904 Chicago, Illinois

Biography

 

Died

August 22, 1979 (aged 75) New York City

Farrell was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a large Irish-American family which

 

included siblings Earl, Joseph, Helen, John and Mary. In addition, there were

 

several other siblings who died during childbirth, as well as one who died from the

Notable

works

great influenza epidemic in 1918. His father was a teamster, and his mother a

 

domestic servant. His parents were too poor to provide for him, and he went to live with his grandparents when he was three years

old. [1] Farrell attended Mt. Carmel High School, then known as St. Cyril, with future Egyptologist Richard Anthony Parker. He then

later attended the University of Chicago. He began writing when he was 21 years old. A novelist, journalist, and short story writer

known for his realistic descriptions of the working class South Side Irish, especially in the novels about the character Studs Lonigan.

Farrell based his writing on his own experiences, particularly those that he included in his celebrated "Danny O'Neill Pentology"

series of five novels.

Among the writers who acknowledged Farrell as an inspiration wasNorman Mailer:

Mr. Mailer intended to major in aeronautical engineering, but by the time he was a sophomore, he had fallen in love

with literature. He spent the summer reading and rereading James T. Farrell's "Studs Lonigan," John Steinbeck's

"Grapes of Wrath" and John Dos Passos's "U.S.A.," and he began, or so he claimed, to set himself a daily quota of

3,000 words of his own, on the theory that this was the way to get bad writing out of his system. By 1941 he was

sufficiently purged to win the Story magazine prize for best short story written by an undergraduate. [2]

Politics

Farrell was also active in Trotskyist politics and joined the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). He came to agree with Albert Goldman

and Felix Morrows' criticism of the SWP and Fourth International management. With Goldman, he ended his participation with the

group in 1946 to join theWorkers' Party.

Within the Workers' Party, Goldman and Farrell worked closely. In 1948, they developed criticisms of its policies, claiming that the

party should endorse the Marshall Plan and also Norman Thomas' presidential candidacy. Having come to believe that only

capitalism could defeat Stalinism, they left to join the Socialist Party of America. During the late 1960s, disenchanted with the

political "center", while impressed with the SWP's involvement in the Civil Rights and US anti-Vietnam War movements, he

reestablished communication with his former comrades of two decades earlier. Farrell attended one or more SWP-sponsored Militant

Forum events (probably in NYC), but never rejoined the Trotskyist movement.

Marriages

Farrell was married three times, to two women. He married his first wife Dorothy Butler in 1931. After divorcing her, in 1941 he

married stage actress Hortense Alden, with whom he had two sons, Kevin and John. They divorced in 1955, and later that year he

remarried Dorothy Farrell.They separated again in 1958 but remained legally married until his death.She died in 2005. [3]

Legacy

[4]

Studs Terkel, the Chicago-based historian, adopted the name of "Studs" from Farrell's famous character Studs Lonigan.

The Studs Lonigan trilogy was voted number 29 on theModern Library's list of the 100 best novels of the 20th century. [5]

On the 100th anniversary of Farrell's birth, Norman Mailer was a panelist at the New York Public Library's "James T. Farrell

Centenary Celebration" on February 25, 2004 along with Pete Hamill, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. and moderator Donald Yannella.

They discussed Farrell's life and legacy.

In 1973, Farrell was awarded the St. Louis Literary Award from the Saint Louis University Library Associates. [6][7] In 2012, he was

inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. [8]

Bibliography

Gas-House McGinty(1933) (1933)

Calico Shoes (1934) (1934)

Guillotine Party and Other Stories(1935) (1935)

Judgment Day (1935) This is the final part of th e Studs Lonigan trilogy . Judgment Day (1935) This is the final part of theStuds Lonigan trilogy.

Note on Literary Criticism(1936) (1936)

World I Never Made(1936) (1936)

Can All This Grandeur Perish? and Other Stories(1937) (1937)

No Star Is Lost (1938) (1938)

Tommy Gallagher's Crusade(1939) (1939)

Father and Son (1940) (1940)

The Bill of Rights in danger!: the meaning of the Minneapolis convictions[New York] : Civil Rights Defense Committee, (1941) [New York] : Civil Rights Defense Committee, (1941)

Decision (1941) (1941)

Ellen Rogers (1941) (1941)

"$1000 a Week and Other Stories" (1942)Committee, (1941) Decision (1941) Ellen Rogers (1941) My Days of Anger (1943) "To Whom It May

My Days of Anger(1943) (1943)

"To Whom It May Concern and Other Stories" (1944)a Week and Other Stories" (1942) My Days of Anger (1943) Who are the 18 prisoners

Who are the 18 prisoners in the Minneapolis Labor Case?: how the Smith "Gag" Act has endangered workers rights and free speech [New York] : Civil Rights Defense Committee, (1944) [New York] : Civil Rights Defense Committee, (1944)

"The League of Frightened Philistines and Other Papers" (1945)"Gag" Act has endangered workers rights and free speech [New York] : Civil Rights Defense Committee,

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Bernard Clare (1946)

Bernard Clare (1946)

"When Boyhood Dreams Come True and Other Stories" (1946)

"When Boyhood Dreams Come True and Other Stories" (1946)

"The Life Adventurous and Other Stories" (1947)

"The Life Adventurous and Other Stories" (1947)

Literature and Morality (1947)

Literature and Morality(1947)

Truth and myth about America New York, N.Y. : Rand School Press : Distributed by

Truth and myth about AmericaNew York, N.Y. : Rand School Press : Distributed by the Rand Bookstore (1949)

The Road Between (1949)

The Road Between(1949)

An American Dream Girl (1950)

An American Dream Girl(1950)

The Name Is Fogarty: Private Papers on Public Matters (1950)

The Name Is Fogarty: Private Papers on Public Matters(1950)

This Man and This Woman (1951)

This Man and This Woman(1951)

Yet Other Waters (1952)

Yet Other Waters (1952)

The Face of Time (1953)

The Face of Time (1953)

Reflections at Fifty and Other Essays (1954)

Reflections at Fifty and Other Essays(1954)

French Girls Are Vicious and Other Stories (1955)

French Girls Are Vicious and Other Stories(1955)

A Dangerous Woman and Other Stories (1957)

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Dangerous Woman and Other Stories(1957)

My Baseball Diary (1957)

My Baseball Diary(1957)

It Has Come To Pass (1958)

It

Has Come To Pass (1958)

Boarding House Blues (1961)

Boarding House Blues(1961)

Side Street and Other Stories (1961)

Side Street and Other Stories(1961)

"Sound of a City" (1962)

"Sound of a City" (1962)

The Silence of History (1963)

The Silence of History(1963)

What Time Collects (1964)

What Time Collects (1964)

A Glass of Milk, in "Why Work Series" editor Gordon Lish (1966)

A Glass of Milk, in "Why Work Series" editorGordon Lish (1966)

Lonely for the Future (1966)

Lonely for the Future(1966)

When Time Was Born (1966)

When Time Was Born (1966)

New Year's Eve/1929 (1967)

New Year's Eve/1929 (1967)

A Brand New Life (1968)

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Brand New Life(1968)

Childhood Is Not Forever (1969)

Childhood Is Not Forever(1969)

Judith (1969) Signed limited edition, 300 printed

Judith (1969) Signed limited edition, 300 printed

Invisible Swords (1971)

Invisible Swords (1971)

Judith and Other Stories (1973)

Judith and Other Stories(1973)

The Dunne Family (1976)

The Dunne Family(1976)

Olive and Mary Anne (1977)

Olive and Mary Anne(1977)

The Death of Nora Ryan (1978)

The Death of Nora Ryan(1978)

Posthumous editions

Eight Short, Short Stories(1981) (1981)

Sam Holman (1994) (1994)

Hearing Out James T. Farrell: Selected Lectures (1997) (1997)

Studs Lonigan: A Trilogy, ed. Pete Hamill (New York: The Library of America , 2004) ISBN 978-1-931082-55-6 . , ed. Pete Hamill (New York: The Library of America, 2004) ISBN 978-1-931082-55-6.

References

2. As reported in theNew York Times on the occasion of Norman Mailer's death in 2007.

8. "James T. Farrell" (https://chicagoliteraryhof.org/inductees/profile/james-t.-farrell). Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. 2012. Retrieved 2017-10-08.

External links

James T. Farrell , The Literary Encyclopedia James T. Farrell, The Literary Encyclopedia

"Revolutionary Novelist in Crisis " , from The New York Intellectuals by Alan Wald [ "Revolutionary Novelist in Crisis", from The New York Intellectuals by Alan Wald [1]

Writers: James T. Farrell , Encyclopedia of Trotskyists Online Writers: James T. Farrell, Encyclopedia of Trotskyists Online

1. Wald, Alan M. (1987). The New York Intellectuals: The Rise and Decline of the Anti-Stalinist Left from the 1930s to the 1980s. University of North Carolina Press.ISBN 0-8078-4169-2.

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