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Ironweed is a 1983 novel by William Kennedy. Part of Kennedy's "Albany Cycle" of novels, Ironweed tells the story of an alcoholic, wandering man and woman during the Great Depression. The novel received the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

A film version was adapted by Kennedy in 1987 from his novel. It was directed by Hector Babenco. It stars Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe, Diane Venora, Fred Gwynne, Tom Waits and Nathan Lane.

The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Nicholson) and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Streep).

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  • Ironweed is any plant species of the genus Vernonia.


Preceded by:
The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
(1983 winner)
Pulitzer Prize Winners for Fiction Succeeded by:
Foreign Affairs
by Alison Lurie
(1985 winner)
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