An Albany Trio

Paperback | July 1, 1996

byWilliam Kennedy

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“With Legs, Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game, and . . . Ironweed, William Kennedy is making American literature.”—The Washington Post Book World
 
Legs inaugurated William Kennedy’s celebrated cycle of novels set in Albany, New York. True to both life and myth. Legs evokes the flamboyant career of the legendary gangster Jack “Legs” Diamond, who was finally murdered in Albany, and his showgirl mistress as they blaze a trail across the tabloid pages of the 1920s and 1930s.
 
The second novel in the Albany cycle depicts Billy Phelan, a slightly tarnished poker player, pool hustler, and small-time bookie, as he moves through the lurid nighttime glare of a tough Depression-era town. Full of Irish pluck, he works the fringes of Albany sporting life with his own particular style—until he falls from underworld grace.
 
In the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Ironweed, Francis Phelan, ex-ballplayer, part-time gravedigger, and full-time drunk, has hit bottom. Years ago he left Albany after killing a scab during a workers’ strike, and again after he accidentally—and fatally—dropped his infant son. Now, in 1938, Francis is back, roaming familiar streets and trying to make peace with ghosts of the past and present.

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Now together in one volume, here are three early works from critically acclaimed author William Kennedy's Albany Cycle: LEGS, BILLY PHELAN'S GREATEST GAME and the Pulitzer Prize-winning IRONWEED. "Vivd characterization, dead-on dialogue and brilliantly imagined scenes . . . "THE NEW YORKER's review of recent Kennedy novel, THE FLAMING ...

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“With Legs, Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game, and . . . Ironweed, William Kennedy is making American literature.”—The Washington Post Book World   Legs inaugurated William Kennedy’s celebrated cycle of novels set in Albany, New York. True to both life and myth. Legs evokes the flamboyant career of the legendary gangster Jack “Legs” Diamond...

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 Gr...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:July 1, 1996Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140257861

ISBN - 13:9780140257861

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Now together in one volume, here are three early works from critically acclaimed author William Kennedy's Albany Cycle: LEGS, BILLY PHELAN'S GREATEST GAME and the Pulitzer Prize-winning IRONWEED. "Vivd characterization, dead-on dialogue and brilliantly imagined scenes . . . "THE NEW YORKER's review of recent Kennedy novel, THE FLAMING CORSAG