the central figure of three novels by <IR> JAMES T. FARRELL </IR> . The background is the Irish district of Chicago, Lonigan--first name, William--is a young tough whose career reveals the conflict between ancient ideals and modern corruption. <IR> YOUNG LONIGAN </IR> (1932) follows Lonigan in his middle teens, and The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan (1934) takes him from high-school days to ten years later. Judgment Day (1935) shows him more and more corrupt until he dies at the age of 29, destroyed by alcohol and venereal disease. He starts with good impulses, but becomes a tough and ruthless hoodlum. The stories were collected (1935) in a single volume.