Francis Phelan, ex-big-leaguer, part-time gravedigger, full-time bum with the gift of gab, is back in town. He left Albany twenty-two years earlier after he dropped his infant son accidentally, and the boy died. Now he's on the way back to the wife and home he abandoned, haunted at every corner by the ghosts of his violent life. Francis; his wino ...
Francis Phelan, ex-big-leaguer, part-time gravedigger, full-time bum with the gift of gab, is back in town. He left Albany twenty-two years earlier after he dropped his infant son accidentally, and the boy died. Now he's on the way back to the wife and home he abandoned, haunted at every corner by the ghosts of his violent life. Francis; his wino ladyfriend of nine years, Helen; and his stumblebum pal, Rudy, shuffle their ragtag way through the city's bleakest streets, surviving on gumption, muscatel, and black wit. Destiny is not their business.
Collectible-Fine. No Dust Jacket as Issued. Leather. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. SIGNED 228 pages. An unspecified limited edition SIGNED by William Kennedy. Beautifully bound in full olive-gray leather that is highly decorated in gilt; all edges gilt. An unread book in virtually as-new condition. Laid in are both the Easton Press "Certificate of Authenticity" for Kennedy's autograph and their "Note about Ironweed."
As New. 8vo A special Limited edition, SIGNED by author William Kennedy. A wonderful scarce book in As New condition, never taken out of its original shrink-wrap; Set in Depression-era Albany, Ironweed is Kennedy's unforgettable tale of one man's search to reconcile himself with a past riddled with calamity and many loves gone awry. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle winning Ironweed is last in the Albany Trilogy, preceded by Legs and Billy Phelan's Greatest Game. Basis for the major motion picture starring: Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Tom Waits, Fred Gwynne, and Carroll Baker. Contains all of the classic Easton Press trimmings: premium leather, silk moiré end leaves, distinctive cover design, raised bands, accented in real 22KT gold, satin ribbon page marker, gilded page edges, long-lasting, high quality acid-neutral paper, sewn pages for strength and durability.
Fine. 227 pages, 8vo, full gray leather with gilt tooling, all edges gilt. Norwalk: The Easton Press, (1999). Fine. Signed in full on the autograph page before the half-title. Includes a certificate of authenticity from The Easton Press.
Near Fine in Very Good jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7; Faintest of fading along top edges of boards and light foxing to top page edges. Mild rubbing and edge wear to dust jacket. Two tiny closed tears at head of spine and what appears to be a tape removal injury to top rear edge from the inside resulting in a spot of transparency. Dust jacket now in protective mylar cover. 227 pages. First/first with "First published in 1983..." statement on copyright page with no subsequent printing information. No author photo on jacket. 14.75 price intact. A very attractive copy of the Pulitzer winning third book in the Albany trilogy.
Very Good. B000VAQGK2 as pictured, the 1st US edition, 1st printing(Viking-1983), signed, inscribed by author; both book/DJ are VG, not price clipped. mylar cover added. included are several Albany NY clipping concerning the author.
Fine in full light brown leather covered boards with five raised bands on the spine with gilt text and decorations stamped in the compartments and with gilt tool work on both the front and rear boards. The end papers are silk with a matching silk placement ribbon sewn-in at the head of the spine. All three edges of the text block are in gilt. An octavo measuring 9" tall by 5 3/4" without a dust jacket as issued. Signed by the author on the specially tipped-in second free end page. Laid in is the publisher's note card describing this title and the author. 227 pages of text. Winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A beautiful, tight, clean copy with no names, dates, notations or former owner's book plates.
Fine in Fine- jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 227pp. First issue with "perceivced" for "perceived" on page 205, line 22, Saul Bellow blurb on front flap, $14.75 price on dust jacket, no author photo on dust jacket. Publisher's publicity photo of author laid-in. Pen notes by well-known literary critic on back endpaper. Slight wear to bottom of dust jacket spine, a few micro nicks. Scan on request.
it is simply about forgiveness and the frailness of us all . how we are all not so far from was Francis has experienced and god love her the wife who after what the whole family has gone thru and she still forgives him and has a place in her heart and home for him
Aug 6, 2009
I didn't think it was as good as the other fiction Pulitzer Prize winners.
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