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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Classics (July 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451529138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451529138
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,854,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Thomas Farrell (1904—1979) was born in Chicago to a struggling family of second-generation Irish Catholic immi grants. In 1907, his father, James Farrell, a teamster unable to support his growing family, placed young Jim with his maternal grandparents. It was his grandparents’ neighborhood in Chicago’s South Fifties that would provide the background to Farrell’s Studs Lonigan trilogy. Farrell worked his way through the University of Chicago, shedding his Catholic upbringing and absorbing the works of William James, John Dewey, Sigmund Freud, while reading widely in American and European literature: Herman Melville, Sherwood Anderson, H. L. Mencken, Sinclair Lewis, and James Joyce were critical influences on his literary development. “Slob” (1929), his first published story, was also his first render ing of the real life “Studs Lonigan,” a young man he had known growing up in Chicago. Farrell’s first novel, Young Lonigan was published in 1932, followed by The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan (1934) and Judgment Day (1935)—the three volumes making up his celebrated Studs Lonigan trilogy. A prolific writer, Farrell left more than fifty books of stories and novels behind him when he died in 1979. Alongside his masterpiece Studs Lonigan, Farrell’s best-known works include the Danny O’Neill novels, A World I Never Made, No Star is Lost, Father and Son, and My Days of Anger. James T. Farrell’s Studs Lonigan trilogy is also available in Penguin Classics.


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Exley Cave on June 4, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
YOUNG LONIGAN, the short novel that introduces the STUDS LONIGAN trilogy, is the brilliant evocation of the tough youth of a tough kid in pre-WWI Chicago. The prose is tour-de-force stream-of-consciousness. It seeps into the mind of a smart, flawed, hilarious kid (imagine Max Fisher without the scholarship, or Stephen Dedalus without the educated abracadabra) and it takes you right into the depths of your own conflicted youth. If you're a reader, you'll devour this book (and its successors); if you're a writer, you'll emulate it.
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By William Brennan on March 24, 2014
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Young Lonigan demonstrates James T. Farrell’s brilliance as a novelist. As a novelist who has mined much of this Irish ore, I’m humbled by the man’s talent. I grew up in circumstances not unlike those facing Studs Lonigan, and I swear to the authenticity of his humanity and his coming of age visions.

All of the contradictions of the Lonigan family and those of their friends and neighbors are on display. To read the novel is to be transported to Farrell’s Chicago neighborhood and into young Stud’s world.

But Farrell’s authenticity which confirms his honesty as a story teller will ultimately be his undoing as one of the all time great American novelists. Hemingway made a point of using slang only after assuring himself that it was already well established in the language and likely to remain so for many decades in the future. Farrell dove into the culture of the South Side of his youth and with his perfect pitch, exploited the language of the streets as it was being used at the moment. A great deal of the slang is already obsolete and in another century, reading about this great character will be beyond most of the readers of the time.

But today is today, and Studs is still alive and waiting for you to enter his world. Do it; you won’t be disappointed.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wayne F. Burke on December 27, 2012
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STUDS LONIGAN was perhaps the greatest work of social realism produced in the 1930's. YOUNG LONIGAN, volume one of the "Studs" trilogy, is, in my opinion, one of the greatest works in literature about a U. S. boyhood--as great, in many respects, as Twain's masterwork HUCKELBERRY FINN. In volume 2, THE YOUNG MANHOOD OF STUDS LONIGAN, Farrell relates the shenanigans of Studs and his group of palsie-walsies of the 58th Street "alky-squad" in southside Chicago. Vol. 3, JUDGEMENT DAY, covers the decline of Studs, who has become thin and sickly (bad ticker), and lacks the volatility that made Farrell's characterization so unpredictable, and interesting, in vol. 1 and 2. Looser in structure than the others, vol. 3 also lacks the same fervent pace, but packs no less an emotional wallop...A common misconception, fostered by initial reviews, is that STUDS is about juvenile delinquents, the characters being street urchins and gamin from the underside of big city life. Though it is true that Studs and his pals act like delinquents, they are not from the "underside." They are children of middle and lower middle class families. With exceptions (like "skunkish" Weary Reilley), Studs and his buddies are not bound for prison but for careers as cops, aldermen, businessmen, and politicians' bully-boys. The delinquent behavior of the gang is a "sowing of oats" before they assume the mantle of respectability. Studs' father is a painting contractor...Like HUCKLEBERRY FINN, which exposes dark truths underpinning the founding of the American Republic--chauvinistic, racist, and anti-intellectual attitudes--STUDS LONIGAN is also an expose of the nightmare beneath the surface of America the Beautiful.Read more ›
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Johnson on March 10, 2010
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Over the past several years, as part of re-evaluating the effect of my half-Irish diaspora heritage (on my mother's side) on the development of my leftist political consciousness I have read, and in some cases re-read, some of the major works of the Irish-American experience. Of course, any such reading list includes tales from the pen of William Kennedy and his Albany cycle, most famously "Ironweed". And, naturally, as well the tales of that displaced Irishman, the recently departed Frank McCourt and his "Angela's Ashes", a story that is so close to the bone of my own "shanty" Irish upbringing that we are forever kindred spirits. That said, here to my mind is the " max daddy" of all the American disapora storytellers, James T. Farrell, and his now rightly famous trilogy, "Studs Lonigan" (hereafter, "Studs").

Now my first kinship with James T. Farrell is not through literature, but rather through politics. For a period, and an important one at that, Farrell was a stalwart pro-communist, anti-Stalinist militant writer who served with distinction and honor on the John Dewey headed- Leon Trotsky Commission that tried to determine whether Trotsky was, or was not guilty, of crimes against his beloved Soviet Union during the height of Stalin's Moscow Trials in the late 1930s. Farrell rendered further serious services to the left-wing when he helped organize the defense of the leaders of the Socialist Workers Party during the beginning of World War II when the Roosevelt government had them jailed for opposition to that war. Thus, Farrell came with some good political credential in the eyes of this reviewer.

And in his storytelling of his people, the Chicago Irish, Farrell does not let us down either.
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