Conversations with William Kennedy


Interviews with the author of Ironweed and Legs
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Interviews with the author of Ironweed and Legs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617037061
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Series: Literary Conversations Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Neila C. Seshachari is a professor of English at Weber State University. She is editor of Weber Studies: An Interdisciplinary Humanities Journal.
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Interviewer: Would he (Leg's Diamond)recognize himself?

Kennedy: Oh yes, he already has. After I finished the book and it was about to be published, my wife had a dream: Legs Diamond came up to our front door and knocked on the door. Then he got down on the lawn, laid back and rolled around and kicked his legs in the air. He said to Dana, "Bill got it just right."

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Table of Contents

Portrait of a Writer as a Writer 1
The Secret Lives of William Kennedy 8
Jack "Legs" Diamond: Alive in Legend 12
Legs Diamond, Gangster, as Cultural Hero in a Book of the 20s as Written by a Historical, Non-fiction Novelist of the 70s, William Kennedy 15
The "Genius" Writer of Old Albany 19
An Interview with William Kennedy 29
PW Interviews William Kennedy 54
William Kennedy: An Interview 58
William Kennedy: An Interview 74
The Man Has Legs: William Kennedy Interviewed 93
Tough Guy with a Golden Touch 107
Francis Phelan Goes Hollywood 118
On an Averill Park Afternoon with William Kennedy 127
William Kennedy's Moveable Feast 143
Up Front: Upstate Eloquence 150
William Kennedy: The Singularity of Fiction 162
The Art of Fiction CXI - William Kennedy 171
Very Bountiful Bones: An Interview with William Kennedy 190
William Kennedy: An Interview by Don Williams 213
A Conversation with William Kennedy 221
That Albany State of Mind 235
Kennedy Stakes Out Novelistic Turf in Revered "Albany Cycle" 240
William Kennedy: Past, Passing, and to Come 244
Fire, Bones, Weeds, and Women: A Conversation with William Kennedy 250
Index 265
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