Legs

Legs

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by William Kennedy
     
 

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Legs, the inaugural book in William Kennedy’s acclaimed Albany cycle of novels, brilliantly evokes the flamboyant career of gangster Jack “Legs” Diamond.  Through the equivocal eyes of Diamond’s attorney, Marcus Gorman (who scraps a promising political career for the more elemental excitement of the criminal underworld), we watch

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Legs, the inaugural book in William Kennedy’s acclaimed Albany cycle of novels, brilliantly evokes the flamboyant career of gangster Jack “Legs” Diamond.  Through the equivocal eyes of Diamond’s attorney, Marcus Gorman (who scraps a promising political career for the more 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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Dynamite . . . Legs is what a novel is supposed to be.”
– The Washington Post Book World

“The best novel about a criminal legend I’ve ever read.”
– Hunter S. Thompson

“A brilliant novel, a truly creative piece of work . . . like any real artist, Kennedy takes what is really a sordid, vulgar reality and turns it into a human tragedy.”
– Mario Puzo

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:
473,211
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.69(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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Legs (SparkNotes Literature Guide) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is really good i loved it. I enjoy books with action and killing i usually watch movies about mobsters and gangsters but i never read a book with stuff like that.This was a good experience for me to explore my own imagination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Legs by William Kennedy is a pretty good book. I strongly recomend this book to anyone who likes books about violence. The book starts out with friends remonecing about Jack (the main character). A friend that some of them did not think was really dead. You will have to read the book to find out what happens. The book has alot of illegal things in it. Overall, if you don't like violence this would not be as interesting to you as it was to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book about gangsters and drug dealing and shootings and killings. It really kept my attention throughout the whole book until the end. I still liked the ending but it just didn't seem like the rest of the book to me. If you like reading about things of this nature then I suggest this book because it is good and I haven't seen any other book that contain this type of material. They also drink and bootleg alcohol in this book. It is a good book if you like that sort of thing.