James T. Farrell

Farrell, James Thomas

James Thomas Farrell (fâr´əl), 1904–79, American novelist, b. Chicago. In his fiction Farrell expressed anger against the brutal economic and social conditions that produce emotional and material poverty. His work, noted for the frankness of its language and its detailed realism, is in the tradition of naturalism. Farrell's first series of novels about life among the Irish Catholic population of Chicago's South Side was the Studs Lonigan trilogy: Young Lonigan (1932), The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan (1934), and Judgment Day (1935). Another of his series was the Danny O'Neill pentalogy: A World I Never Made (1936), No Star Is Lost (1938), Father and Son (1940), My Days of Anger (1943), and The Face of Time (1953). Farrell's other works include numerous collections of short stories; several volumes of essays, including Reflections at Fifty (1954); and innumerable novels, among them Ellen Rogers (1941), Boarding House Blues (1961), and The Dunne Family (1976).

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Literary Integrity and Political Action: The Public Argument of James T. Farrell
Kathleen Farrell.
Westview Press, 2000
The Silence of History
James T. Farrell.
Doubleday, 1963
Sam Holman: A Novel
James T. Farrell.
Prometheus Books, 1983
Documents of American Realism and Naturalism
Donald Pizer.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Twenty-Four "Some Observations on Naturalism, so Called, in Fiction" by James T. Farrell
The Dance Marathons
Farrell, James T.
MELUS, Vol. 18, No. 1, Spring 1993
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James T. Farrell's "The Dance Marathons." (in This Issue, P. 133) (Irish-American Literature)
Skerrett, Ellen.
MELUS, Vol. 18, No. 1, Spring 1993
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Farrell and Dostoevsky
Flynn, Dennis.
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Makers of the City
Lewis F. Fried.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "James T. Farrell: The City as Society"
Farrell's Ethnic Neighborhood and Wright's Urban Ghetto: Two Visions of Chicago's South Side
Butler, Robert.
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American Literary Naturalism: A Divided Stream
Charles Child Walcutt.
Greenwood Press, 1956
Librarian’s tip: Chap. X "James T. Farrell: Aspects of Telling the Whole Truth"
Twentieth-Century American Literary Naturalism: An Interpretation
Donald Pizer.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: "Studs Lonigan: James T. Farrell" begins on p. 17
American Naturalistic and Realistic Novelists: A Biographical Dictionary
E. C. Applegate.
Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "James T. Farrell (1904-1979)" begins on p. 131
The New York Intellectuals: The Rise and Decline of the Anti-Stalinist Left from the 1930s to the 1980s
Alan M. Wald.
University of North Carolina Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Other Dissident Writers and Critics on the Left: James T. Farrell, F. W. Dupee, Edmund Wilson" begins on p. 82
A Library of Literary Criticism: Modern American Literature
Dorothy Nyren; Dorothy Nyren.
Frederick Ungar, 1960 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Farrell, James Thomas (1904-)" begins on p. 165
American Literary Criticism, 1900-1950
Charles I. Glicksberg.
Hendricks House, 1952
Librarian’s tip: "James T. Farrell (1904-)" begins on p. 427
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