Biography and warm appraisal of Finley Peter Dunne, the expert of Irish dialect, humor and satire. The emphasis is on the professional life and the runaway popularity of his creation ""Mr. Dooley"" and through the liberal quotations one gets a running commentary of the contemporary American scene. There are Dunne's early mental traits, his start in journalism, his rise to national fame through Mr. Dooley's trenchant criticism of events. His career in New York, his journalistic activities, his European trips, his friendships, many and sundry, his influence on journalism, and his qualities as a man. Wholehearted appreciation of the man and his work and contribution to living literature of American humor. For the Dooley fans -- for all interested in a backward glance to a period significantly American.