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James Thomas Farrell

James Thomas Farrell was a novelist, journalist, and short story writer known for his realistic portraits of the working class South Side Irish, especially in the novels about the character Studs Lonigan.

Background

  • 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.

  • Career

    • He began writing when he was 21 years old. Farrell based his writing on his own experiences. Farrell was also active in Trotskyist politics and joined the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). He left the group in 1946 to join the Workers' Party.Having come to believe that only capitalism could defeat Stalinism, he left to join the Socialist Party of America. In 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 contact 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.

    Works

    • Young Lonigan
    • Gas-House McGinty
    • The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan
    • Judgment Day

    Membership

    • Socialist Workers Party

    • Workers' Party
      1946

    • Socialist Party of America

    Personality

    Interests

    Writers: Honoré de Balzac, Charles Dickens, and Leo Tolstoy

    Connections

    James Thomas Farrell
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    Born February 27, 1904
    Died August 22, 1979
    (aged 75)
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    • 1925 - 1929
      University of Chicago
    • 1941 - 1945
      chairman, the Civil Rights Defense Committee
    • 1950 - 1959
      chairman, Committee for Cultural Freedom

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