East Side, West Side All around the town, The tots sing ring-a-rosie, London Brigs is falling down. Boys and girls together, Me and Mamie O'Rourke, We tripped the light fantastic On the sidewalks of New York. = Popular song
A literature that cannot be vulgarized is no literature at all and will perish. - Frank Norris
Except in the case of some rarely gifted nature there never will be a good man who has not from his childhood been used to play amid things of beauty and make of them a joy and study. - Plato, Republic, Jowett translation
The polgnancy of situations that evoke reflection lies in the fact that we really do not know the meaning of the tendencies that are pressing for action. - John Dewey Human Nature and Conduct
To Marjorie and James Henle Whose encouragement was so helpful in completing this trilogy
Studs Lonigan, on the verge of fifteen, and wearing his first suit of long trousers, stood in the bathroom with a Sweet Caproal pasted in his mug.
The two daughters lead the hysterical mother out of the room and the nurse covered the face of Studs Lonigan with a white sheet.
Collected here in one volume is James T. Farrell's renowned trilogy of the youth, early manhood, and death of Studs Lonigan: Young Lonigan, The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan, and Judgment Day. In this relentlessly naturalistic portrait, Studs starts out his life full of vigor and ambition, qualities that are crushed by the Chicago youth's limited social and economic environment. Studs's swaggering and vicious comrades, his narrow family, and his educational and religious background lead him to a life of futile dissipation.
Ann Douglas provides an illuminating introductory essay to Farrell's masterpiece, one of the greatest novels of American literature.
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"'Studs Lonigan', the story of an Irish-American youth growing to adulthood in Chicago, is considered by many to be one of the finest American novels from the first half of the twentieth century, and its author was widely regarded as the voice of urban Irish America. This edition includes fragments of Farrell's alternative ending to 'Judgement Day'." --Cover, p. 4.… (more)