Kennedy, William 1928-
Most widely held works about William Kennedy
Most widely held works by William Kennedy
Ironweed : a novel by William Kennedy ( Book )
55 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in 11 languages and held by 3,575 libraries worldwide
This tale, set during the Depression, tells about Francis Phelan and other inhabitants of skid row in Albany, New York. Ironweed, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is the best-known of William Kennedy's three Albany-based novels. Francis Phelan, ex-ballplayer, part-time gravedigger, full-time drunk, has hit bottom. Years ago he left Albany in a hurry after killing a scab during a trolley workers' strike; he ran away again after accidentally - and fatally - dropping his infant son. Now, in 1938, Francis is back in town, roaming the old familiar streets with his hobo pal, Helen, trying to make peace with the ghosts of the past and the present. Chronicles the final wanderings of a one-time ballplayer turned down-and-out murderer.
Quinn's book by William Kennedy ( Book )
14 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and Spanish and held by 2,156 libraries worldwide
Orphan Daniel Quinn's narration of his adventure-ridden quest for love and the meaning behind his destiny also portrays the dramatic history of nineteenth-century Albany.
Very old bones by William Kennedy ( Book )
10 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 1,841 libraries worldwide
In the sequel to Ironweed, Orson Purcell, the bastard son of Peter Phelan, tells stories about members of the family, based on information from a family gathering in 1958.
Roscoe by William Kennedy ( Book )
15 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,824 libraries worldwide
Roscoe, the chief architect of Albany's notorious political machine between the two world wars, attempts to quit politics, but he is thwarted by new political wars, a mysterious death, and self-destructive party feuds.
Legs by William Kennedy ( Book )
23 editions published between 1975 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 1,502 libraries worldwide
"Francis Phelan becomes a hobo after accidentally killing his son, but when he returns 22 years later, he cannot reunite his family." "...'Legs' brilliantly evokes the flamboyant career of the legendary gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond, who was finally murdered in Albany. Through the equivocal eyes of Diamond's attorney, Marcus Gorman (who scraps a promising political career for the more elemental excitement of the criminal underworld), we watch as Legs and his showgirl mistress, Kiki Roberts, blaze their gaudy trail across the tabloid pages of the 1920s and the 1930s. Diamond and his gangster entourage emerge as emblematic figures from an era of American innocence -- and corruption."
The flaming corsage by William Kennedy ( Book )
12 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and French and held by 1,495 libraries worldwide
A turbulent mixed marriage in New York State at the turn of the century. He is Edward, a low-class Irish-Catholic, she is Katrina from a wealthy and established Protestant family and she converts to Catholicism. It doesn't help that on becoming a famous playwright he flaunts his new wealth.
Billy Phelan's greatest game by William Kennedy ( Book )
15 editions published between 1978 and 1994 in 4 languages and held by 1,195 libraries worldwide
Billy Phelan, small-time bookie, pool hustler, and poker player becomes an unlikely go-between in the 1938 kidnapping of an Albany political boss's son.
The ink truck by William Kennedy ( Book )
10 editions published between 1969 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,044 libraries worldwide
William Kennedy's first novel, this is the story of the late stages of a newspaper strike from the point of view of Bailey, a former columnist for the paper. As the strike drags on, Bailey spirals into ever wilder and more surreal misadventures.
Riding the yellow trolley car : selected nonfiction by William Kennedy ( Book )
4 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 788 libraries worldwide
Imagine yourself in a large, gaily festoooned trolley car, yellow on the outside, bulging on the inside with people you figured you would never get to know in your lifetime - people like Louis Armstrong, Robert Penn Warren, Frank Sinatra, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jiggs and Maggie, Diane Sawyer, Paul McCartney, Saul Bellow, Samuel Beckett. Well, here you are, with Mr. Kennedy as your concerned host, taking you down the aisle of the trolley car and introducing you, one at a time, to those figures he has met or wirtten about over the past forty years: a master of fiction showing you how non-fiction can become a high art form, indeed. With the author of Ironweed and Very Old Bones, and his other fable Albany sagas, you are in very good hands. This rich collection contains Kennedy's insightful book reviews over the last thirty years on such authors as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Bernard Malamud, John O'Hara, Mario Vargas Llosa, Carolos Fuentes; literary essays on other authors and on his own writing; profiles of jazz musicians, movie stars, stories on the filming of Ironweed and The Cotton Club; and a moving soliloquy on the homeless that resonates with much force and timeliness today. Here also is Kenndy's illuminating unpublished interview with Robert Penn Warren, and his extended interview in Barcelona with Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who also provided Kennedy with two original drawings that appear in this volume (along with some choice Kennedy family photos). This sumptuous gathering of William Kennedy's work reflects his credo about nonfiction: "I love it extremely well, I have worked in it all my writing life, and have enormous respect for its pitfalls and exotic reaches." You will preceive Kennedy's love of it all when you climb aboard the yellow trolley car.
O Albany! : improbable city of political wizards, fearless ethnics, spectacular aristocrats, splendid nobodies, and underrated scoundrels by William Kennedy ( Book )
7 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 720 libraries worldwide
Presents an historical profile of the capital of New York.
The Cotton Club ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1984 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 590 libraries worldwide
In 1928 New York, spirits are high and jazz, dancing and gangsters rule supreme. Harlem's Cotton Club is in the center of it all, where rich upper-eastsiders mix with dressed-up mobsters. On stage is gifted coronet player Dixie Dwyer, who dreams of the big time, and tap sensation Sandman Williams who can't touch his girl, the lovely singer Lila Rose Oliver, because of strict club rules. As tension rises, so do tempers, and the nightclub becomes a pressure-cooker of jilted loves and mob jobs.
Ironweed ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and held by 587 libraries worldwide
It's winter, 1938, in Albany, New York. The soup kitchens and flophouses are overflowing with homeless street people seeking food and refuge from the unforgiving cold. Francis Phelan wanders the streets, back in his hometown after 22 years, an aimless vagabond ready to confront the family he abandoned long ago. While sharing his whiskey with longtime "pal" Helen, Francis reveals the dark secrets of his past, the painful memories from which he once tried to escape ... but now must reconcile.
Charlie Malarkey and the singing moose by William Kennedy ( Book )
2 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 510 libraries worldwide
Charlie Malarkey and his friend Iggy rescue Barnaby, a singing moose with a magic necktie, from the clutches of his dastardly trainer.
Charlie Malarkey and the belly-button machine by William Kennedy ( Book )
4 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in English and Spanish and held by 411 libraries worldwide
When Charlie and his friend Iggy lose their belly buttons they investigate and discover an insidious plot to steal and resell belly buttons.
Conversations with William Kennedy by William Kennedy ( Book )
7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 254 libraries worldwide
To read these twenty-four interviews given between 1969 and 1996 is to gain insights into William Kennedy's high seriousness in pursuing the craft of fiction and to witness the artistic growth of this remarkable writer. The interviews in this collection reveal how the opportunities and challenges in Kennedy's writing life parallel those other contemporary writers have faced in the last years of the century.
The Cotton Club : screenplay by William Kennedy ( Book )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 210 libraries worldwide
The Cotton Club ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 189 libraries worldwide
In Dixie Dwyer's hands a trumpet became more than a horn and a girl became more than a women. He was the only man who could walk the violent line between music and the mob. Then one night, in the Cotton Club, he discovered Vera Cicero and suddenly his life became even hotter than his music.
An Albany trio : three novels from the Albany cycle by William Kennedy ( Book )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 150 libraries worldwide
The Capitol in Albany ( Book )
4 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 146 libraries worldwide
Changó's beads and two-tone shoes by William Kennedy ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 120 libraries worldwide
His life radically changed by an encounter with Ernest Hemingway in Cuba, journalist Daniel Quinn embarks on a turbulent journey marked by such historical events as the Albany race riots, the rise of Fidel Castro, and the assassination of Robert Kennedy.
Americans Art Audiobooks Authors, American Books Cities and towns City and town life Cotton Club Criminals Criticism, interpretation, etc. Cuba Depressions Diamond, Legs,--1895 or 6-1931 Domestic fiction Drama Dramatists Essays Families Feature films Fiction Fiction films Film adaptations Gamblers Historical fiction History Homeless persons Independent films Interviews Irish Americans Jazz Jazz musicians Journalists Juvenile works Kennedy, William,--1928- Kidnapping Large type books Literature Love stories Manners and customs Marriage New York (State)--Albany New York (State)--New York Nineteen fifties Nineteen sixties Phelan family (Fictitious characters) Political fiction Political science Politicians Reviews Scandals
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