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date: 23 July 2024

Kennedy, Williamlocked

Kennedy, Williamlocked

  • Lani Wolf

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With his brilliant “Albany Cycle” of novels, William Kennedy is best known for his portrayal of the working-class, Irish-Catholic community of Albany, New York, particularly its specialized societies of gamblers, gangsters, politicians, and hoboes. Often compared to James Joyce's Dublin, Kennedy's Albany is a mythical place peopled by ostensibly simple characters struggling for identification within a community and a moral system. They relentlessly strive for full comprehension of their own flawed and contradictory natures—and herein lies the power and interest of Kennedy's work: illumination of the profundity within individuals superficially devoid of all complexity and recognition of the pathos of ordinary life.

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  • North American Literatures

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