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James Thomas Farrell

James Thomas Farrell, American author. Recipient Book of Month Club award for Studs Lonigan, 1937; Messing award St. Saint Louis University Library Associates, 1973; Emerson-Thoreau medal American Academy Arts and Sciences, 1979; Professional Achievement award University of Chicago, 1979; Guggenheim fellow in creative writing, 1936-1937; National Endowment for Arts creative writing fellow, 1978. Member Institute Arts and Letters.


  • 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.

  • Education

    • Student of University Chicago 1925-1929. Honorary degrees Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, Columbia University, Glassboro State College, Roosevelt U., Bradley U.


    • 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.


    • A Note on Literary Criticism
    • In this text, Farrell challenges the leading radical literary critics of the 1930s, such as Michael Gold and Granville Hicks, reconsidering issues including the relative autonomy of literature from society and economics; the role of tradition in literary creation; the relation of literature to propaganda; and the nature of aesthetic value.


    Member Institute Arts and Letters.
    • Socialist Workers Party

    • Workers' Party

    • Socialist Party of America



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


    • Married Dorothy Patricia Butler, 1931 (divorced). Married second, Hortense Alden (divorced September 1955).; married 3d, Dorothy Butler, September 1955 (separated 1958).

      Children: Kevin, John Stephen.
    • brother: Earl
    • brother: Joseph
    • brother: John
    • Sister: Helen
    • Sister: Mary
    • the first wife: Dorothy Butler
    • the second wife: Hortense Alden
    • Son: Kevin
    • Son: John
    James Thomas Farrell
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    Born February 27, 1904
    Died August 22, 1979
    (aged 75)
    Farrell was born to a large Irish-American family
    • 1925 - 1929
      University of Chicago
    • 1941 - 1945
      chairman, the Civil Rights Defense Committee
    • 1950 - 1959
      chairman, Committee for Cultural Freedom


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      • Emerson-Thoreau Award
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      • Socialist Workers Party
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      • novel: Young Lonigan
      • novel: Gas-House McGinty
      • novel: The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan
      • novel: Judgment Day
      • novel: A World I Never Made
      • novel: No Star Is Lost
      • novel: Lonely for the Future
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      • novel: A Note on Literary Criticism
      • novel: My Baseball Diary (Writing Baseball)
      • novel: Chicago Stories (Prairie State Books)
      • novel: Studs Lonigan (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
      • novel: Young Lonigan;: A boyhood in Chicago streets,
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