James T. Farrell

James T. Farrell (1904–1979) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet. He is best known for his 'Studs Lonigan' trilogy, which follows the life of a young Irish-American growing up in Chicago during the early 20th century. Farrell's work often explored themes of social realism, and he was committed to depicting the lives of the working class and the struggles of urban life in his writing.


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  1. 1. Studs Lonigan

    "Studs Lonigan" is a trilogy that follows the life of an Irish-American man growing up in the South Side of Chicago. His life is marked by aimlessness and self-destruction, as he navigates through adolescence into adulthood against the backdrop of the Great Depression. The protagonist's struggle with his own ambitions, societal pressures, and personal weaknesses provides a stark examination of the human condition and the American Dream.