"Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate": First Edition of William Kennedy’s Ironweed; Inscribed by Him in the Year of Publication and Signed by Academy Award-Winning Actor Jack Nicholson

  • Ironweed.



Item Number: 4100

New York: The Viking Press, 1983.

First edition of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half gray cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, “For Bob Donovan, who at the moment currently connects me with both Cornell and Albany State, with gratitude Bill Kennedy 1/20/83.” Also, signed by actor Jack Nicholson, who played Francis Phelan in the film. Nicholson was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Neil Stuart. The recipient and the the author were friends in Averill Park, New York. Rare and desirable signed by both Kennedy and Nicholson.

William Kennedy won the Pulitzer Prize for Ironweed in 1984, and he wrote the screenplay for the 1987 film adaptation directed by Hector Babenco, which starred Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (for Nicholson) and Best Actress in a Leading Role (for Streep). Chosen by Modern Library as one of 100 greatest novels of the twentieth century.

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