Thursday, February 28, 2008

Why Have I Never Heard of this Man?

From his New York Times obituary:

Raymond Kennedy, a writer known for his dark, absurdist novels set largely in his native New England, died on Monday in Brooklyn. He was 73 and lived in Manhattan… His books were characterized by their bleak settings (western Massachusetts was a favorite); baroque, boisterous prose; and grotesquely comic characters, notably the larger-than-life women who charged through his fictional universe like out-of-control trains. Mr. Kennedy’s work was not to every critic’s taste. But those who championed him expressed an enthusiasm that bordered on ardor.

Has anyone read him?


dillon58 said...

I read an obituary of him in the local paper and it was the first time I had heard of him. The setting of some of his stories was "Ireland Parish", which was Holyoke.

Ms. Cavanaugh said...

I'm going to have to track something by him down!