Books: Portraits of Poverty

A WORLD I NEVER MADE—James T. Farrell—Vanguard ($2.50).

In the first four novels of James Thomas Farrell, the poverty-oppressed O'Neill family emerges as part of the background of Chicago's South Side. A careful reader of the Studs Lonigan trilogy and of Gas-House McGinty would learn from these books that young Danny O'Neill is a good baseball player, that old Jim O'Neill is a wagon dispatcher who quotes Shakespeare, that Danny eventually escapes his environment. But he would get few intimations that James Farrell intended to explore their history as soon as his long...

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