“A SPECIAL KIND OF LYRICISM”: WILLIAM KENNEDY’S FIRST NOVEL
KENNEDY, William. The Ink Truck. New York: Dial, 1969. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. $750.
First edition of the first book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, William Kennedy.
“Albany is to this gifted writer what the city of Paterson was to William Carlos Williams, and like our great laureate of urban plenitude, William Kennedy wrests from an unlikely source a special kind of lyricism.” Kennedy’s work as a novelist has earned him a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Fellowship, and the publication of this first work in 1969, with its tale of an Albany newspaper columnist, marked the emergence of an “flexible style that would become his trademark, a style indebted to Joyce, Fitzgerald and Beckett yet very much his own” (New York Times).
Book fine; light rubbing to bright, very nearly fine dust jacket.