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An honest writer : the life and times of James T. Farrell

Author: Robert K Landers
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Encounter Books, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"James T. Farrell vaulted into the American literary firmament during the 1930s to become one of its brightest lights. Studs Lonigan, his trilogy about a young Irish "tough" from Chicago's South Side, was a literary sensation and acclaimed as a modern classic. Farrell went on to produce other excellent novels in four more decades of writing. But his courageous stance against Stalinism took a toll on his literary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Landers, Robert K., 1944-
Honest writer.
San Francisco, Calif. : Encounter Books, 2004
(OCoLC)607139031
Named Person: James T Farrell; James T Farrell; James T Farrell; James T Farrell
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert K Landers
ISBN: 1893554953 9781893554955
OCLC Number: 53441503
Description: xiv, 562 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: I: Young Farrell --
The wound --
1. The Farrells and the Dalys --
2. Jimmy--and studs --
3. Growing up --
4. A modern man --
5. To be a writer --
6. Dorothy--and Lonigan --
7. Paris --
II: Novelist and radical --
8. A Revolutionary writer --
9. "A kind of inevitability" --
10. "A betrayal of honest writers" --
11. Renegade, in a world he never made --
12. "Amidst a kind of ruin" --
13. "The wall of isolation" --
14. 'The dividing line" --
15. Freedom --
III: Writing, writing, writing --
16. "A lost soul" --
17. "Dark hours" --
18. Crazy gallantry --
19. "A ministering angel."
Responsibility: Robert K. Landers.
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"James T. Farrell vaulted into the American literary firmament during the 1930s to become one of its brightest lights. Studs Lonigan, his trilogy about a young Irish "tough" from Chicago's South Side, was a literary sensation and acclaimed as a modern classic. Farrell went on to produce other excellent novels in four more decades of writing. But his courageous stance against Stalinism took a toll on his literary reputation, and later, as the naturalism he employed in his best fiction slipped out of vogue, his work fell into neglect and his star dimmed. In recent decades, even Studs Lonigan came to be little read." "An Honest Writer recreates Farrell's life and times and restores this important author to his rightful place in the forefront of American literature. Robert Landers begins this landmark biography with Farrell's great subject, the vibrant Chicago of his birth and boyhood, the struggling Irish-Americans and others on the city's South Side and his own family whose eccentric members inspired some of the most memorable figures in his fiction. If the theme of Farrell's contemporary, Thomas Wolfe, was that "you can't go home again," the theme of his own work was that you never really leave. In Farrell's half-century as a writer, Chicago would remain as much a mythic landscape for him, a place standing for the whole of the American experience, as Yoknapatawpha County was for William Faulkner." "In his chronicle of Farrell's effort to escape the gravity of his childhood milieu and make an audacious assault on the wider world, Landers traces the archetypal journey of a young man discovering America at a time when the country was in the process of finding itself amid the crisis of the Great Depression. In recounting Farrell's search of love and sexual fulfillment his relationships with friends and enemies such as Theodore Dreiser, Edmund Wilson and Nelson Algren and his long quarrel with would-be censors who wanted to deny the harsh society realities portrayed in his works, Landers creates a picture not only of a man and a writer, but of literary America in the middle decades of the twentieth century." "Drawing on the voluminous private papers that Farrell left behind upon his death in 1979, as well as on his own independence research and interviews, Landers opens a time capsule that reveals the connection between literature and politics from the 1930s onward. Initially drawn to the Communist Party when he left Chicago, Farrell was propelled by a radical vision in his early years as a writer and became deeply involved in the doctrinal disputes of the day. Yet he was ultimately a maverick who would not bow to any party discipline, and he awakened long before Hemingway, Malcolm Cowley and others to the horrors of Soviet totalitarianism. He freed himself from Marxist illusions for good at the onset of the Cold War, joining Sidney Hook, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and other leading anti-Communist liberals in the Congress for Cultural Freedom."--BOOK JACKET.

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