Angry, Clumsy Man

BERNARD CLARE (367 pp.)—James T Farrell—Vanguard ($2.75)

"What writers belonging to the upper class have received from nature for nothing, plebeians acquire at the cost of their youth." James Farrell, a self-conscious plebeian —who has already estimated the cost of youth in the hundreds of thousands of words of his Studs Lonigan trilogy and Danny O'Neill tetralogy — quotes this remark of Anton Chekhov's at the beginning of Bernard Clare. It is the first of a new series of novels about a young. Chicago-Irish plebeian who fights against odds to make himself into a novelist.

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