William Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist
William Kennedy is one of the pre-eminent novelists of our time. His literary depiction of Albany, populated by Irish-American working class men and women, outcasts, and operators of the political machine, has been compared to James Joyce’s Dublin and Saul Bellow’s Chicago. Kennedy’s series of novels, known as the Albany cycle, reflects a style that balances the grace of a literary artist with the gusto of a newspaperman.
William Kennedy is an American writer whose novels, many of which feature the interaction of members of the fictional Phelan family, are based in local history and the supernatural. His works include The Ink Truck (1969), Legs (1975), Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game (1978), and Ironweed (1983, Pulitzer Prize; film, 1987).
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