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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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War
ISBN: 1163215465

Kessinger Publishing, LLC. 2010

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

Mr Dooley: Wise and Funny We Need Him Now
ISBN: 0942936116

Lincoln Herndon Pr. 1988

Mr. Dooley is the wise and witty character created by Finley Peter Dunne. Mr. Dooley talks about women, politics, war, taxes, marriage, money and most aspects of American life.

Mr. Dooley At His Best
ISBN: B0006D9R14

Charles Scribner's Sons. 1938


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