The Return of Studs Lonigan

Howland, Bette
May 2005
First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion & Public Life;May2005, Issue 153, p33
The article reports that a proclamation was made to declare December 18, 2004, "James T. Farrell Day" to honor the centennial of the writer's birth. In celebration of the centennial, the Library of America republished Farrell's Studs Lonigan. Farrell had entered the Pantheon of American letters. Contemporary readers are accustomed to a mudslide of words that could not be spelled out in his day. Farrell came to resent the success of the Studs Lonigan trilogy. Over the course of his long and amazingly productive career, all his other work would be measured against it.


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