Finley Peter Dunne
b. 1867, Chicago; The Dooley Books, 1901-10, being 8 novels; Created
a simple sage. Poss. infl. on Joyces Dooleysprudence.
Dict. of American Biography gives authors dates 1867-1936; orig.
in Times-Herald, where he worked 1892-97. IF ODQ OCIL
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Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War (Boston: Small, Maynard 1898), xviii,
260pp., and Do. [7th edn.] (London: 1906); Mr. Dooley in the
Hearts of his Countrymen (Boston: Small, Maynard 1899), xi, 285pp.,
and Do. (London: Heinemann 1909); Mr. Dooleys Philosophy
(NY: R. H. Russell 1900), 263pp., ill. by William Nicholson, E.W. Kemble,
F. Opper; and Do. (London; Heinemann 1901); Dissertations by
Mr. Dooley (NY: Harper & Bros. 1906), 312pp.; Mr. Dooley on Making
a Will and other Necessary Evils (NY: Scribner's, 1920), vi, 221pp.;
Robert Hutchinson, sel. & intro., Mr. Dooley on Ivrything and Ivrybody (NY: Dover Publications 1963); Mr Dooley at his Best (NY: C.
Scribner's Sons 1938), xxvi, 291pp. Also, Mr. Dooley and the Chicago
Irish: The Autobiography of a Nineteenth-century Ethnic Group (Washington
CUA: 1987), rep. [as Do.] (Ann Arbor: UMI Books on Demand 1996).
Other edns. incl. Mr Dooleys
Opinions  (London: Heinemann 1902; 1905); Mr Dooley in the
Hearts of His Countrymen (1909); Observations by Mr Dooley (London:
Heinemann [q.d.]); Dissertations by Mr Dooley (London; Harper [n.d.]); Mr Dooley Says (London: Heinemann 1910). Also Mr Dooley
at His Best (1939).
Microfiche: Wright American Fiction
[microfiche], Vol. 3 (1876-1900), Reel D-42, No.1679: Mr. Dooley in peace
and in war (1898) [Wright, no.1679]; Mr. Dooley in the Hearts of his Countrymen
(1899) [D-42, No. 1680]; Mr. Dooley's Philosophy (1900) [D-43, No. 1681].
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Charles Fanning, Finley Peter Dunne & Mr. Dooley: The Chicago Years
(Kentucky UP ), x, 286pp., ills. & maps. See also study of Dunne
by Francis Hackett in New Republic (q.d.)
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Oxford Dict. Quot: bio-dates 1867-1936, gives They
love theagle, he says, on th back iv a dollar.,
from Mr Dooley in Peace and War, Oratoory [sic] on Politics.
Stephen Brown, ed., Ireland
in Fiction (Dublin: Maunsel 1919), lists seven Dooley titles a gen.
summary of the series as The Dooley Books, Mr Dooley in
Peace and War [7th edn.] (Routledge 1906); Mr Dooleys Philosophy (Heinemann 1901); Mr Dooleys Opinions (Heinemann 1905); Mr Dooley in the Hearts of His Countrymen ([n.pub.] 1909); Observations
by Mr Dooley (Heinemann [n.d.]); Dissertations by Mr Dooley (Harper
[n.d.]); Mr Dooley Says (Heinemann 1910); all characterised as
a series of fictitious conversations purporting to take place over the
counter of his bar at Archey Rd., in seedy Irish quarter of Chicago between
Dooley and Hennessy; Dooley is traveller, historian, social observer,
saloon-keeper, economist, and philsopher who has not been out of
the ward but twixt for 25 years; broad brogue; no ridicule
on Irish character; view of politics wholly at variance with that coming
from English Press [Brown, citing Dunne]. IF2 adds Mr Dooley
at His Best (1939).
Whelan Books (Cat. 32) lists Mr Dooleys
Opinions (Heinemann 1902).
Belfast Central Library holds
Mr. Dooley in Peace and War (1899); Mr. Dooleys Opinions (1901).
On Heroes and History: The further ye get frm
any period the better ye can write about it. Ye are not subject to interruptions
by people that were there. (Cited in C. C. OBrien, The
Great Melody, 1992, p.lii; no source.)
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Lady Gregorys Journal (Oct 1920), records that the
British national anthem, God Save the King, reminds her of
the Afghan in Mr Dooleys Journals of the Olympic Games
saying as he hears it, I dont know the name of that chune
but its mighty like the one they were playing the time they chased
me grandfather through the streets of Cabul! (See Lucy McDiarmid
reviewing Laurence and Grene, Shaw, Lady Gregory and the Abbey,
1993, in Irish Lit. Suppl., Spring 1994, pp.4-6.)
James Joyce, giving expression
to his abstention from wartime passions, wrote a ballad to the title Dooleysprudence
(see Richard Ellmann, James Joyce, 1959).
Peter Finley Dunne, Jnr., presumably
a son and namesake, is an author on international religion and spirituality.