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James Thomas Farrell

novelist , writer

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.

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.

Education

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

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

novel Young Lonigan;: A boyhood in Chicago streets, novel Studs Lonigan (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) novel Chicago Stories (Prairie State Books) novel My Baseball Diary (Writing Baseball) novel A Note on Literary Criticism

Membership

Member Institute Arts and Letters.

  • Socialist Workers Party

  • Workers' Party

    1946

  • Socialist Party of America

Interests

  • Writers

    Honoré de Balzac, Charles Dickens, and Leo Tolstoy

Connections

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