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A World I Never Made
by James T. Farrell
introduction by Charles Fanning
University of Illinois Press, 2006
Paper: 978-0-252-07423-3 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03173-1
Library of Congress Classification PS3511.A738W67 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.52

A sprawling tale of two families' struggles with harsh urban realities

The first book in Farrell's five-volume series to be republished by the University of Illinois Press, A World I Never Made introduces three generations from two families, the working-class O'Neills and the lower-middle-class O'Flahertys. The lives of the O'Neills in particular reflect the tragic consequences of poverty, as young Danny O'Neill's parents--unable to sustain their large family--send him to live with his grandmother. Seen here at the age of seven, Danny is fraught with feelings of anxiety and dislocation as he learns the ins and outs of life on the street, confronting for the first time a world he never made.

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