Finley Peter Dunne

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General Information

Celebrated on the Illinois State Library Gwendolyn Brooks Building

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Name: Finley Peter Dunne

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: July 10, 1867 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: April 24, 1936 in New York City, NY

Illinois Connection

Dunne was born in, lived in and wrote about Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dunne was a humorist and journalist. He was the creator of "Mr. Dooley", an Irish tavern-keeper and shrewd commentator on public events featured in Dunne's comic newspaper sketches at the turn of the century. Dunne started writing his Irish dialect sketches in 1892, first for the Chicago Evening Post and later for the Chicago Journal. The sketches were syndicated nationally after 1898, and many of them were collected in books, beginning with Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War and ending with Mr. Dooley on Making a Will and other Necessary Evils. Dunne was one of the first successful Irish-American writers.

Published Works

  • Mr. Dooley in Peace and War, , Classic Books, 1898
  • Mr. Dooley in the Hearts of His Countrymen, 1899
  • Mr. Dooley's Philosophy, 1900
  • Mr. Dooley's Opinions, 1901
  • Observations by Mr. Dooley, 1902
  • Dissertations by Mr. Dooley, 1906
  • Mr. Dooley Says, 1910
  • Mr. Dooley on Making a Will and other Necessary Evils, Charles Scribner's Sons; 1st edition, 1919

Titles at Your Library

Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War

ISBN: 1163215465
Release Date: 2010-09-10

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Mr Dooley: Wise and Funny We Need Him Now

ISBN: 0942936116
Release Date: 1988-01

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Mr. Dooley At His Best

ASIN: B0006D9R14
Release Date: 1938

Literary Awards

  • Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990

External Links

Finley Peter Dunne on WorldCat


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