TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN by James T. Farrell


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Farrell addresses himself -- in all his writings -- ""to whom it may concern"", so his title for this collection of some dozen stories, written between 1929-1944, is well named. Short and long, they provide further segments of the total design of Farrell's work. Here are the paradoxes, hypocrisies, contradictions of human behavior, the conditioning for decline and disorganization of city dwellers, the examination of economic strata, the objective observation of ego exploration -- in tales of families, individuals, actors, writers, drinkers, politicians, the depression, the Catholic versus the Jew, frustrations, children, and so on. From California to New York, Chicago to Brooklyn, from incidents of violence to those of tenderness. An actor on the skids; a writer justifying his procrastinations; a Sunday afternoon; a producer who never produces; a youngster more than ready for Fascist activities; a highschooler unable to live up to his abilities; a child finding philosophy in the world in which he is growing up; a worker meeting death; a united family whose members do not understand one another -- all these and more contribute to his panels in the strategy of existence. One always feels in Farrell, underlying implications of social and ethical significance, character developed out of conditions.

Pub Date: April 10th, 1944
Publisher: Vanguard