Bootlegger of the Soul: The Literary Legacy of William Kennedy

Bootlegger of the Soul: The Literary Legacy of William Kennedy


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A celebration of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who put Albany on the world’s literary map.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438473314
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Series: Excelsior Editions
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Suzanne Lance is Associate Director of the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Paul Grondahl is Director of the New York State Writers Institute and is the author of several books, including Mayor Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma and I Rose Like a Rocket: The Political Education of Theodore Roosevelt.

Table of Contents

Preface: Conjuring Ghosts with William Kennedy

Part I.
About Kennedy and His Work: Reviews, Profiles, and Interviews

Introduction to Part One

The Sudden Fame of William Kennedy
Margaret Croyden

O Albany! O Kennedy!
Doris Grumbach

William Kennedy: Interview
Edward Schwarzschild

Human Capital: O Albany! Pays Homage to the Hard-to-Love City That Is the Greatest Hero of Kennedy’s Novels
Stefan Beck

Violent Places: On Ghosts, Bums, and Redemption in Ironweed
Robert Towers

The Literary Brilliance of the Opening of Ironweed
Donald Newlove

Rattling Great Yarn: Quinn’s Book
Fintan O’Toole

Family Values: William Kennedy’s Very Old Bones
Thomas R. Edwards

Bootlegger of the Soul: An Introduction to Roscoe
Colum McCann

O Albany! Roscoe and the Triumph of Kennedy’s Albany Cycle
Thomas Flanagan

World Premiere of Roscoe: American Opera at Its Finest
Anthony P. Radford

Jam Session: A Review of Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes
John Sayles

An Interview with William Kennedy: From Novelist to Screenwriter
William Patrick

: William Kennedy’s Literary Biography

Part II.
Kennedy in His Own Words: Essays, Speeches, Memorial Tributes, and Creative Work

Introduction to Part Two

Why It Took So Long

Reinventing Albany in Fiction: Notes from a Native Son

Learning from Faulkner: The Obituary of Fear

Gifts from Joyce

Saul Bellow In Memoriam (1915–2005): A Great Insistent Gift

A Nonpareil Force Field: A Tribute to Norman Mailer

A Box of Books: An Exchange, on Matters Literary and Postal, with Hunter S. Thompson

The Secrets of Creative Love: A Short Story

In the System: A Technology Play

: William Kennedy’s Albany—The City and Inspiration

Part III. Scholarly Perspectives: Critical Views of Kennedy’s Novels

Introduction to Part Three

William Kennedy as Journalist: Springboard to Novelist
Douglas Brinkley

Edward and Katrina Daugherty: A Match Made in Albany, Not in Heaven
Vivian Valvano Lynch

The Snows of Reduction: Representing Homelessness in Ironweed
Benedict Giamo

A Magical Time in Albany
Christian Michener

The Cyclical Impulse of The Flaming Corsage
Michael Patrick Gillespie

Courtesans, Stars, Wives, and Vixens: The Many Faces of Female Power in Kennedy’s Novels
Neila C. Seshachari


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