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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Finley Peter Dunne  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: July 10, 1867 in Chicago, Illinois

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

-- Finley Peter Dunne on WorldCat --

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.


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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Dissertations by mr. dooley.
ISBN: 1313947970. OCLC Number: 926850490

Hardpress Ltd,. .

Mr Dooley, wise and funny--we need him now /
ISBN: 0942936116. OCLC Number: 18078829

Lincoln Herndon,. .

Observations by Mr. Dooley
ISBN: 9780649136773. OCLC Number: 1001338386

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