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Kennedy, William 1928-

Works: 75 works in 503 publications in 13 languages and 25,147 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Political fiction  Historical fiction  Drama  History  Reviews  Juvenile works  Interviews  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Conceptor, Scenarist, Bibliographic antecedent, Performer, Interviewee, Author of afterword, colophon, etc.
Classifications: PS3561.E428, 813.54
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Most widely held works about William Kennedy
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Most widely held works by William Kennedy
Ironweed : a novel by William Kennedy( Book )
94 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in 12 languages and held by 4,315 WorldCat member 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
Changó's beads and two-tone shoes by William Kennedy( Book )
17 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 2,171 WorldCat member 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
Quinn's book by William Kennedy( Book )
24 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 2,168 WorldCat member 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
Roscoe by William Kennedy( Book )
20 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,946 WorldCat member 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
Very old bones by William Kennedy( Book )
27 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,787 WorldCat member 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
Legs by William Kennedy( Book )
38 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,573 WorldCat member 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 )
22 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 1,461 WorldCat member 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 )
23 editions published between 1978 and 2012 in English and held by 1,199 WorldCat member 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 )
18 editions published between 1969 and 1988 in English and held by 1,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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The Cotton Club by Francis Ford Coppola( Visual )
48 editions published between 1984 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Francis Ford Coppala's recreation of the passion and violence of the "jazz age" through the character of a trumpet player, Dixie Dwyer. Dwyer (Gere) was one of the few men who could walk the violent line between music and the mob. Then one night, in the Cotton Club, he discovers Vera Cicero (Lane) and suddenly his life becomes even hotter than his music
Ironweed by Hector Babenco( Visual )
19 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums. She used to be a singer on the radio, he used to be a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them. Helen is sick, one of their pals has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery and visits the grave of his infant son whom he dropped. Visions of his past haunt him, including ghosts of two men he killed. One night, while drinking, Helen tries to sing at a bar. Next day, Fran visits his wife and children and meets a grandson. He could stay, but decides it's not for him. Helen gets their things out of storage and finds a hotel. Amidst their mistakes and dereliction, they live with a code of fairness and loyalty
Riding the yellow trolley car : selected nonfiction by William Kennedy( Book )
12 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 748 WorldCat member 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
Charlie Malarkey and the singing moose by William Kennedy( Book )
4 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 494 WorldCat member 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 )
5 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member 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
Ironweed by William Kennedy( Recording )
12 editions published between 1983 and 2001 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of Francis Phelan, an ex-baseball hero, who has killed two men and become a skid-row bum. He has come back to his home town to make peace with his ghosts
An Albany trio : three novels from the Albany cycle by William Kennedy( Book )
3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Changó's beads and two-tone shoes by William Kennedy( Recording )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Quinn's epic journey carries him through the nightclubs and jungles of Cuba and into the newsrooms and racially charged streets of Albany on the day Robert F. Kennedy is fatally shot in 1968. The odyssey brings Quinn and his exotic but unpredictable Cuban wife, Renata, a debutante revolutionary, face-to-face with the darkest facets of human nature, and illuminates the power of love in the presence of death
Legs by William Kennedy( Recording )
7 editions published between 1975 and 1988 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Billy Phelan's greatest game by William Kennedy( Recording )
4 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1938 in Albany, New York, a pool hustler named Billy Phelan is involved as a go-between in the kidnapping of a political boss's nephew
The flaming corsage by William Kennedy( Recording )
4 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Looks at playwright Edward Daugherty and his wife Katrina's lives in the aftermath of the fire which changed everything
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Audience level: 0.24 (from 0.06 for Charlie Ma ... to 0.94 for Irish-Amer ...)
Alternative Names
Kenedi, Vilijam
Kennedy, William P.
Kennedy, William R.
ケネディ, ウィリアム
English (358)
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French (15)
Italian (7)
German (6)
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