"Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate": First Edition of William Kennedy’s Pulitzer-Prize Winning Novel; Inscribed by Him in the Year of Publication

  • Ironweed.



Item Number: 4100

New York: Viking Press, 1983.

First edition. Octavo, original half gray cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Warmly 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.”

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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