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William Joseph Kennedy (born January 16, 1928) is an American writer and journalist from Albany, NY, whose novels, many of which feature the interaction of members of the fictional Phelan family, are based in local history and the supernatural. Kennedy's works include The Ink Truck (1969), Legs (1975), Billy Phelan's Greatest Game (1978), and Ironweed (1983, winner of 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; film, 1987), "Roscoe"" (2002). January 16 is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... New York State Capitol Building, completed in 1899 at a cost of $25 million was the most expensive government building of its time. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... Legs is a novel by American author William Kennedy. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII in Roman) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Ironweed book cover Ironweed is a 1983 novel by William Kennedy. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction has been awarded since 1948 for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Roscoe may refer to multiple places in the United States: Roscoe, Illinois Roscoe, Minnesota Roscoe, Missouri Roscoe, New York Roscoe, Pennsylvania Roscoe, South Dakota Roscoe, Texas This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He is a graduate of Siena College in Loudonville, New York and currently resides Averill Park, a hamlet about 16 miles east of Albany. After serving in the Army, Kennedy lived in Cuba where he meant his mentour, Saul Bellow, who encouraged him to write novels. Kennedy, who had previously been anxious to leave Albany, returned to his hometown and worked for the Albany Times Union as a muckraker writing stories against the O'Connell political machine. He has used Albany as the setting for seven of his novels, and has drawn comparison to James Joyce who frequently used Dublin, Ireland, in his own work. Siena College is a nationally recognized Catholic liberal arts college situated in the suburban community of Loudonville, New York, two miles north of Albany. ... Bellow as depicted in his Nobel diploma. ...


Kennedy's most recent novel, "Roscoe", depicts an aging behind-the-scenes politician who is a key player in the local Democratic Party. Although many names were changed and events added, the book is clearly based on the O'Connell Machine that controlled Albany for roughly forty years, and some occurences in the novel are based on actual events. Many of Kennedy's older relatives were minor figures in the machine.

The University at Albany, located in Albany, New York, in the USA, is a university center of the State University of New York. ...

External links

  • [http://wiredforbooks.org/williamkennedy/1985 Audio Interview with William Kennedy by Don Swaim of CBS radio.

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William Kennedy was born in Albany, New York.
William Joseph Kennedy (born January 16, 1928) is an American writer and journalist born and raised in Albany, NY, whose novels, many of which feature the interaction of members of the fictional Phelan family, make use of incidents of Albany 's history a...
William Kennedy has swept his net through that time and place—swept it at the depth inhabited by politicians and journalists, gamblers and criminals—and in [Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, a] flawed but fascinating novel, he empties his catch before u...
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