O Albany!: Improbable City of Political Wizards, Fearless Ethnics, Spectacular Aristocrats, Splendid Nobodies, and Underrated Scoundrels

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Viking Press, 1983 - Literary Criticism - 402 pages
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An historical profile of the capital of New York documents the neighborhoods, ethicity, culture, society, and colorful people of Albany

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User Review  - EC Koch - Goodreads

At no point did this book know what it wanted to be, where it was going, or what time it was. Kennedy shifts so quickly (and without warning) from history to memoir, from politics to humor, from ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amy Primeau - Goodreads

This book was written in 1983. It took a while to train my mind that the "now" the author mentions was 30 years ago. In that respect, it is very dated. There were some parts where it dragged, getting ... Read full review


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About the author (1983)

William Kennedy worked as a journalist on newspapers and magazines before he began a career as a novelist. Kennedy's novels, which are all centered around his home city of Albany, New York, include The Ink Truck, Legs, Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, Quinn's Book, Very Old Bones, and The Flaming Corsage. Kennedy's celebrated 1983 novel, Ironweed, has won great acclaim over the years, and has earned a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and a PEN-Faulkner Award. In addition to writing novels, Kennedy co-authored the screenplay for The Cotton Club with Francis Coppola in 1984 and wrote the screenplay for Ironweed in 1987. Kennedy and his son, Brendan, co-authored two children's books, Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine and Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose. William Kennedy is the founder and director of the New York State Writers Institute, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a onetime editor of the San Juan Star and a former writing teacher at Cornell University. He is now a professor in the English department of the University at Albany.

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