"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

  • Ironweed.



Item Number: 4100

New York: Viking Press, 1983.

First edition of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half gray cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 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.” The recipient and the the author were friends in Averill Park, New York.

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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