William Kennedy was born on this day in 1928 in Albany, New York. This American author is both a novelist and journalist. His book “Ironweed” was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1984. He continues to publish today. His most recent book was published in 2012. He has always been a favorite of critics and collectors because of his ability to tell a convincing story with great detail. Here are some books to consider looking at if you want to invest in Kennedy for your own collection.
First would be “The Ink Truck” published in 1969 by Dial. The book was also republished by Viking. The Dial editions are the true firsts and signed copies in fine condition can reach as high as $1000.00. The Viking Press editions published in 1984 are still collectible as well, but values range as high as $200.00 for signed editions.
Next best bet is “Ironweed” which was awarded the Pulitzer in 1984 and was the basis for the film. Published first by Viking in 1983, signed first editions go as high as $800.00.
Last best bet is his novel “Legs” published in 1975 by Coward McCann. A first edition in fine condition signed by Kennedy can go as high as $600.00.
So there you have it, some suggestions on what to invest in on another modern author. His other works have won praise but don’t show the same values as these three. Happy collecting and remember condition is always the most important thing to look at when buying a book.