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James T. Farrell

February 27, 1904 – August 22, 1979

Inducted in 2012


Young Lonigan (1932)

Gas-House McGinty (1933)

Calico Shoes (1934)

The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan (1934)

Guillotine Party and Other Stories (1935)

Judgment Day (1935).

A Note on Literary Criticism (1936)

A World I Never Made (1936)

Can All This Grandeur Perish? and Other Stories (1937)

No Star Is Lost (1938)

Tommy Gallagher's Crusade (1939)

Father and Son (1940)

The Bill of Rights in danger!: the meaning of the Minneapolis convictions  (1941)

Decision (1941)

Ellen Rogers (1941)

"$1000 a Week and Other Stories" (1942)

My Days of Anger (1943)

"To Whom It May Concern and Other Stories" (1944)

Who are the 18 prisoners in the Minneapolis Labor Case?: how the Smith "Gag" Act has endangered workers rights and free speech (1944)

"The League of Frightened Philistines and Other Papers" (1945)

Bernard Clare (1946)

"When Boyhood Dreams Come True and Other Stories" (1946)

"The Life Adventurous and Other Stories" (1947)

Literature and Morality (1947)

Truth and myth about America (1949)

The Road Between (1949)

An American Dream Girl (1950)

The Name Is Fogarty: Private Papers on Public Matters (1950)

This Man and This Woman (1951)

Yet Other Waters (1952)

The Face of Time (1953)

Reflections at Fifty and Other Essays (1954)

French Girls Are Vicious and Other Stories (1955)

A Dangerous Woman and Other Stories (1957)

My Baseball Diary (1957)

It Has Come To Pass (1958)

Boarding House Blues (1961)

Side Street and Other Stories (1961)

"Sound of a City" (1962)

The Silence of History (1963)

What Time Collects (1964)

A Glass of Milk, in "Why Work Series" editor Gordon Lish (1966)

Lonely for the Future (1966)

When Time Was Born (1966)

New Year's Eve/1929 (1967)

A Brand New Life (1968)

Childhood Is Not Forever (1969)

Judith (1969)

Invisible Swords (1971)

Judith and Other Stories (1973)

The Dunne Family (1976)

Olive and Mary Anne (1977)

The Death of Nora Ryan (1978)

The danger of censorship in cultural media increases in proportion to the degree to which one approaches the winning of a mass audience.

A huge White Sox fan, graduate of Mt. Carmel High School and the University of Chicago, Farrell used his Chicago roots, especially his South Side childhood memories, to create some 50 books. His Studs Lonigan trilogy made a lasting impact on the literary world, obtaining a broad readership and praise not only among critics but also historians and sociologists. His realistic renderings of social conditions and their impact on characters reflected his own political leanings. Farrell was awarded the Emerson-Thoreau Award from the Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Lonigan triology was selected a top 100 novel of the 20th century by the Modern Library.

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