William J. Kennedy


William J. Kennedy

William Joseph Kennedy (born January 16, 1928) is an American writer and journalist born and raised in Albany, New York. Many of his novels feature the interaction of members of the fictional Irish-American Phelan family, and make use of incidents of Albany's history and the supernatural. Kennedy's works include "The Ink Truck" (1969), "Legs" (1975), "Billy Phelan's Greatest Game" (1978), "Ironweed" (1983, winner of 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; film, 1987), and "Roscoe" (2002).

He is a graduate of Siena College in Loudonville, New York and currently resides at Averill Park, a hamlet about 16 miles east of Albany. After serving in the Army, Kennedy lived in Puerto Rico where he met his mentor, Saul Bellow, who encouraged him to write novels. While living in San Juan, he befriended journalist/author Hunter S. Thompson, a friendship that continued throughout their careers. Kennedy, who had previously been anxious to leave Albany, returned to his hometown and worked for the Albany "Times Union" as an investigative journalist writing stories exposing activities of the O'Connell political machine. His use of Albany as the setting for seven of his novels has drawn comparison to James Joyce's use of Dublin.

He has written a non-fictional account of Albany, "O Albany!".

Bibliography

Fiction

*"The Ink Truck". New York: Viking Press, 1969.
*"Legs". New York: Penguin Books, 1983.
*"Billy Phelan's Greatest Game". New York: Viking Press, 1978.
*"Ironweed". New York: Viking Press, 1983.
*"Quinn's Book". New York: Viking Press, 1988.
*"Very Old Bones". New York: Viking Press, 1992.
*"The Flaming Corsage". New York: Viking Press, 1996.
*"Roscoe". New York: Viking Press, 2002.

Nonfiction

*"". New York: Viking Press, 1983.
*"The Making of Ironweed". New York: Viking Penguin, 1988.
*"Riding the Yellow Trolley Car". New York: Viking Press, 1993.

creenplays

*"The Cotton Club". Co-authored with Francis Ford Coppola. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1986.
*"Ironweed". Tri-Star, 1987.

Plays

*"Grand View". Premiered at Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, NY, 1996.
*"In the System". HumaniTech* Short Play Project Premiere, University at Albany, March 2003.

Children's books

*"Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine" (co-authored with Brendan Kennedy). New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1986.
*"Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose" (co-authored with Brendan Kennedy). New York: Viking Children's Books, 1994.

Criticism

*Flanagan, Thomas. "O Albany!". "New York Review of Books". April 25, 2002
*Giamo, Benedict F. "The Homeless of Ironweed: Blossoms on the Crag". Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1997.
*Gillespie, Michael Patrick. "Reading William Kennedy". Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.
*Lynch, Vivian Valvano. "Portraits of Artists: Warriors in the Novels of William Kennedy". Bethesda: International Scholars Publications, 1999.
*Mallon, Thomas. "William Kennedy's Greatest Game". "The Atlantic Monthly". February 2002.
*Seshachari, Neila C. "Courtesans, Stars, Wives, $ Vixens: The Many Faces of Female Power in Kennedy's Novels", AWP Conference, Albany, NY. April 17, 1999.
*Marowski, Daniel G. and Matur, Roger, editors. "William Kennedy." "Contemporary Literary Criticism", Vol. 53, Detroit: Gale Research, 1989, pp. 189-201.
*Michener, Christian. "From Then into Now: William Kennedy's Albany Novels". University of Scranton Press, 1998.
*Reilly, Edward C. "Twayne's United States Authors Series: William Kennedy". Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1991.
*Van Dover, J. K. "Understanding William Kennedy". Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1991.

ee also

*University at Albany - Famous Faculty

External links

* [http://wiredforbooks.org/williamkennedy/ Audio Interviews with William Kennedy at Wired for Books.org] by Don Swaim
* [http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/findaids/mss132.htm Finding Aid for the Papers of William Kennedy] , [http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/ M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives] , [http://library.albany.edu/ University at Albany Libraries] .
* [http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/wjkennedybio.html New York State Writers Institute Biography of Kennedy] , University at Albany.


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