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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...

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is now a movie directed by Hector Babenco ( Kiss of the Spider Woman) starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. Nicholson plays Francis Phelan, ex-ballplayer, part-time gravedigger, full-time drunk, a man trying to make peace with the ghosts of his past and present. 8 pages of photos.

About the Author

William Kennedy, author, screenwriter and playwright, was born and raised in Albany, New York. Kennedy brought his native city to literary life in many of his works. The Albany cycle, includes Legs, Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Ironweed. The versatile Kennedy wrote the screenplay for Ironweed, the play Grand View, and cowrote the screenplay for the The Cotton Club with Francis Ford Coppola. Kennedy also wrote the nonfiction O Albany! and Riding the Yellow Trolley Car. Some of the other works he is known for include Roscoe and Very Old Bones.

Kennedy is a professor in the English department at the State University of New York at Albany. He is the founding director of the New York State Writers Institute and, in 1993, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received numerous literary awards, including the Literary Lions Award from the New York Public Library, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Governor’s Arts Award. Kennedy was also named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France and a member of the board of directors of the New York State Council for the Humanities.

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galeogirl, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by galeogirl)
I have been reading my way through Modern Library's "100 Best Novels of the 20th Century" list and thus far "Ironweed" has been my standout favorite. It is poignant and vivid. A harsh tale told beautifully and in such an engaging way that I read it in one evening. It is easy to see why this is considered a classic.
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erica.peacock, February 11, 2008 (view all comments by erica.peacock)
Ironweed has been a huge impact for me not only as a reader, but a person. The desperate search for redemption is something many people can relate to, and a major theme of home really sent me into a look into my own life. This book really did change the way I thought about life.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140070200
Author:
Kennedy, William
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Family
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Family -- New York (State) -- Albany -- Fiction.
Subject:
Albany
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Family - New York (State) - Albany
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
169
Publication Date:
February 1984
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.76x5.16x.45 in. .37 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is now a movie directed by Hector Babenco ( Kiss of the Spider Woman) starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. Nicholson plays Francis Phelan, ex-ballplayer, part-time gravedigger, full-time drunk, a man trying to make peace with the ghosts of his past and present. 8 pages of photos.

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