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Francis Phelan (fictional character)

Francis Phelan is a fictional character in many of William J. Kennedy’s Albany novels, though he is featured most prominently in Ironweed. He is a former professional baseball player who left Albany in shame after dropping his infant son Gerald. [1] [2]

The issue of his death is left ambiguous at the conclusion of Ironweed.

In the film adaptation of the book, Phelan is portrayed by Jack Nicholson.


  1. ^ Tierce, Michael. "William Kennedy's Odyssey: The Travels of Francis Phelan." Classical and Modern Literature: A Quarterly 8.4 (1988) 247-26[]
  2. ^ Liam Kennedy; "Memory and Hearsay: Ethnic History and Identity in 'Billy Phelan's Greatest Game' and 'Ironweed' " MELUS, Vol. 18, 1993[1]
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