William Kennedy

1928 - Today

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William Joseph Kennedy (born January 16, 1928) is an American writer and journalist who won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for his 1983 novel Ironweed. Kennedy's other works include The Ink Truck (1969), Legs (1975), Billy Phelan's Greatest Game (1978), Roscoe (2002) and Changó's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes (2011). Many of his novels have featured the interactions of members of the fictional Irish-American Phelan family in Albany, New York. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Kennedy has received more than 26,356 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). William Kennedy is the 6,495th most popular writer (down from 5,941st in 2019), the 12,340th most popular biography from United States (down from 11,888th in 2019) and the 898th most popular American Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 26k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 40.59

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 19

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.08

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.51

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

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Page views of William Kennedies by language

Over the past year William Kennedy has had the most page views in the with 1,755 views, followed by French (1,333), and Spanish (1,284). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Russian (240.17%), Latin (115.59%), and (62.77%)


Among writers, William Kennedy ranks 6,495 out of 7,302Before him are Norman Podhoretz, Véronique Tadjo, Tracy Hickman, João W. Nery, Sue Monk Kidd, and Felicia Hemans. After him are Lionel Trilling, Lidija Dimkovska, Vachel Lindsay, Ogden Nash, John Arden, and Jasper Fforde.

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Among people born in 1928, William Kennedy ranks 568Before him are Gino Pariani, Andrew Sarris, Bernard Baudoux, Russell Mockridge, Balakh Sher Mazari, and Jimmy Dean. After him are Olle Larsson, Maureen Gardner, Bruce Forsyth, Vince Edwards, Conrad Janis, and Keely Smith.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Kennedy ranks 12,340 out of 20,380Before him are Chauncey Billups (1976), Sue Monk Kidd (1948), Cheyenne Jackson (1975), Harry Hines Woodring (1887), Chris Webber (1973), and Carole Cook (1924). After him are Lionel Trilling (1905), Ruth Clifford (1900), Geoffrey Blake (1962), Milburn Stone (1904), Allen Covert (1964), and Vachel Lindsay (1879).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, William Kennedy ranks 898Before him are Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872), Beverly Cleary (1916), Marc Connelly (1890), Norman Podhoretz (1930), Tracy Hickman (1955), and Sue Monk Kidd (1948). After him are Lionel Trilling (1905), Vachel Lindsay (1879), Ogden Nash (1902), Christopher Moore (1957), Countee Cullen (1903), and Richelle Mead (1976).