Item description for James T Farrell: Studs Lonigan a Trilogy (Library of America) by James T. Farrell...
Overview Presents a trio of novels that chronicles the life and times of would-be tough guy Studs Lonigan during the turbulent era of World War I, the Roaring Twenties, and the Great Depression.
Publishers Description An unparalleled example of American naturalism, the Studs Lonigan trilogy follows the hopes and dissipations of its remarkable main characterA-a would-be A"tough guyA" and archetypal adolescent, born to Irish-American parents on ChicagoA's South SideA-through the turbulent years of World War I, the Roaring Twenties, and the Great Depression. The three novelsA-Young Lonigan, The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan, and Judgment DayA-offer a vivid sense of the textures of real life: of the institutions of Catholicism, the poolroom and the dance marathon, romance and marriage, gangsterism and ethnic rivalry, and the slang of the street corner. Cited as an inspiration by writers as diverse as Kurt Vonnegut and Frank McCourt, Studs Lonigan stands as a masterpiece of social realism in the ranks of John SteinbeckA's The Grapes of Wrath and Theodore DreiserA's An American Tragedy.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 8" Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Release Date Feb 9, 2004
Publisher Library of America
ISBN 1931082553 ISBN13 9781931082556
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More About James T. Farrell
James T. Farrell, born in 1904 on Chicago's South Side, remained an avid White Sox fan from his youth until his death in 1979. A major voice in American realism and author of the Studs Lonigan trilogy, Farrell wrote extensively about baseball, incorporating the baseball-playing memories of his youth into his novels and composing essays that recaptured the legendary heroes of his boyhood and preserved his passionate love for the game. He won nine varsity letters in high school.
James T. Farrell was born in 1904 and died in 1979.
Reviews - What do customers think about James T Farrell: Studs Lonigan a Trilogy (Library of America)?
Greatness Circumscribed Mar 7, 2006
That James T. Farrell, author of over fifty books, should be best remembered for his first excursion into naturalism is ironic yet not unparalleled. The Lonigan trilogy teems with the raw experience of Farrell's own youthful days in Chicago, much as Joyce's PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST teems with Joyce's youthful Dublin.
Unlike several of the reviewers here, I found the Studs Lonigan trilogy to be depressingly contemporary. The sermon given to the young people by the priest in volume two reads like the right-wing press of 2006. The outlook and issues are stunningly unchanged. Similarly, the descriptions in volume three of Studs' quest for employment in a glutted market felt to me very much like my own experiences back in 1981-2 as a floundering, adrift college graduate with no connections, no vision, and no prospects for true employment.
The close-minded, nearly airless world of Studs' stream-of-consciousness is a depressing but wholly believable place. Today's American prejudices may slant more toward the Middle East, but the mindless and cruel biases of Studs lurk barely below the surface of much of America in 2006 like a once-believed-eradicated disease ready to bloom and fully infect when the time is right (much like tuberculosis).
The Depression-era landscape of this trilogy is becoming more and more recognizable as the world of our current economically bifurcated, war-on-terrorized American society. Only the names have changed, slightly. The ignoble, stunted, and doomed Studs is replicating throughout our land, his genes slightly spliced and modified to fit a more technologically sophisticated landscape.
Studs Lonigan, for me, was not fraught with wooden prose and unbridgeable abysses of lost cultures. For me, Farrell's vision is a rippled mirror of today. Studs' parents, sisters, and younger brother are all people I have met and known well. His bars continue to dot the American landscape. The discussions of real estate, stocks, and betting all strike me as being grotesquely relevant.
No empathetic reader can truly love Studs: he can be understood while he is simultaneously abhorred. Yet Studs is not a vanished creature. He is the man of our future, the cockroach to come. He is sitting next to all of us, still smoking cigarettes, still binge drinking--and still willing to hate and to kill, if necessary.
It May Be Dated But It's Still Very Relevant Oct 14, 2004
This still is one of the best "coming of age" novels ever written. I doubt there are many people still around who can relate to many of the things that Studs experienced exactly only due to the fact that they were born too late. This is not the point, however, of a true classic (which this trilogy is). The feelings experienced by Studs, described so freely and naturally, are timeless. The language may be objectionable to some, but have you taken a close listen to many of the Rap lyrics on today's CD's and even on radio? The writing and the storyline flow. Unlike most novels published today, this trilogy is a perfect example of an author getting so deeply into his main character that his public bio becomes indistinguishable from him. I'm sure you'll find that most people will recognize the name Studs Lonigan, but ask them who James Farrell is (outside of the context of the novels) and they'll probably not be able to tell you. Concerns that these novels are racist and anti-semitic seem to me to be a bit naive. This stuff is pretty mild compared to the garbage that your average person is subjected to daily in the print and electronic media. I would still recommend it for inclusion in a high school level honors literature program reading list.
Not a classic: A true classic never dates Jul 20, 2004
As a relatively young reader, I would never hyave heard about Studs Lonigan if the trilogy had not been listed in the Modern Library's list of the 100 best works of fiction written in English during the 20th century. I approached the novel with a profound sense of anticipation and actually found much to like in the first novel when Studs in individuating himself as a teenager. Unfortunately the second and third novels despite having new charcters and influences on Studs, show no development of his psyche and consciosness. He is the same Studs from beginning to end. It took me forever to finish the book, with it's stilted language but I wanted to see why this book was so highly praised. I can't really understand Farrel's purpose in writing these novels. If he meant to expose the hatred that many Irish Catholic's faced or of the effects of Catholicism on the young, the novels never really accompished what they set out to do. If Farrell had stopped at the end of volume 1, he might have been better regarded as a writer. The last 600 pages plod through to the all too predictable end. I was tremendously disappointed. I would not recommend this to anyone.
Studs goes to Hawaii Mar 7, 2004
About five years ago I brought the Studs Lonigan trilogy with me to Hawaii. Read it in a week. The thing that struck me the most was Farrell's handling of Studs's interior dialogue. His thoughts mirrored mine when I was his age(s). It was shocking; I thought I was the only person who felt and thought what I had, and to see those thoughts and feelings in print was extemely confronting... and comforting knowing I wasn't alone.