John D. Fitzgerald

John D. Fitzgerald

Born in Utah, John Dennis Fitzgerald was the son of an Irish Catholic father and a Scandinavian Mormon mother. In 1925, at the age of eighteen, he left Utah, working at a variety of jobs, including at a bank and steel company, and playing in a jazz band.

John D. Fitzgerald is best known for his series of books about "The Great Brain". Though he himself was not born until 1906, these episodic tales set in Utah in the late 1890s were loosely based on family members and events from his own childhood. In these books, as in the fictionalized story of his family, it is apparent that he uses his own memories as a vehicle for conveying a message as well as a platform for lively, often humorous storytelling.

John D. Fitzgerald passed away in 1988 after spending many years as a journalist, musician, and freelance writer.

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Brave Buffalo Fighter
by John D. Fitzgerald
from Bethlehem Books
Realistic Fiction for 7th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$10.16
Great Brain
Great Brain #1
by John D. Fitzgerald
from Puffin Books
Humorous Fiction for 4th-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$5.94
Great Brain at the Academy
Great Brain #4
by John D. Fitzgerald
from Dell Publishing
for 4th-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$1.70 (1 in stock)
Great Brain Does it Again
Great Brain #7
by John Dennis Fitzgerald
from Dell Publishing
for 2nd-4th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Great Brain is Back
Great Brain #8
by John Dennis Fitzgerald
from Yearling
for 4th-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Great Brain Reforms
Great Brain #5
by John Dennis Fitzgerald
from Dell Publishing
for 2nd-4th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Me and My Little Brain
Great Brain #3
by John D. Fitzgerald
Reissue from Puffin Books
Humorous Fiction for 4th-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$6.79
More Adventures of the Great Brain
Great Brain #2
by John D. Fitzgerald
from Puffin Books
Humorous Stories for
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$5.94
Return of the Great Brain
Great Brain #6
by John Dennis Fitzgerald
from Yearling
for 4th-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
The Great Brain Does It Again
Great Brain #7
by John D. Fitzgerald
from Dell Publishing
for 4th-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$2.13 (1 in stock)