James T. Farrell

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  • Susan Rochette-Crawley (University of Northern Iowa)

James T. Farrell was an Irish-American writer whose literary corpus is nearly impossible to fully document, owing to the range of his interests, the diversity of his publishing venues, and his ability to write prolifically over the span of five decades. Regardless of the volume of his work, he has been marginalized in literary history as a proletarian writer of the 1930s. The work for which he is best known, the Studs Lonigan trilogy, is a masterpiece of American realism that has been of interest to historians and sociologists, as well as literary critics. Though Farrell’s work was popular and disseminated widely during his lifetime, since his death in 1979, his life and work have suffered serious neglect. James T. Farrell was b…

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Rochette-Crawley, Susan. "James T. Farrell". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 April 2004
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