Legs

Legs

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by William Kennedy
     
 

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LEGS inaugurated William Kennedy's 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.

Through the equivocal eyes of Diamond's attorney, Marcus Gorman (who scraps a promising political career for the elemental excitement of the

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LEGS inaugurated William Kennedy's 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.

Through the equivocal eyes of Diamond's attorney, Marcus Gorman (who scraps a promising political career for the elemental excitement of the criminal underworld), we watch as Legs and his showgirl mistress, Kiki Roberts, blaze their gaudy trail across the tabloid pages of the 1920s and 1930s.

"Pure literary excitement...easy to read and hard to put down. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and wished it were longer." --Joseph Heller

BILLY PHELAN'S GREATEST GAME continues the trilogy concluding with IRONWEED.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140064841
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1983
Series:
Albany Cycle, #1
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
457,871
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.85(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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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