I think death, finally, will become the passage we choose. Resistance
will dissolve, and the mystery of all the people we ever touched
or who touched us will fold into our hearts at that final moment,
like the embrace of an enemy, very old now, and smiling.

—Thomas E. Kennedy, from “Landing Zone X-Ray,”
in Prize Stories 1994, the O. Henry Awards

Credits and Copyright Information


Copyright

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Credits: Art

General Credit Notice About Photos: Many photographs on this website have been cropped, resized, or otherwise edited by Clare MacQueen, with permission, from materials provided by Thomas E. Kennedy. Photos at this website are by Kennedy, unless otherwise noted.


Art Featured on Book Covers

The cover of A Passion in the Desert is by Andi Olsen.

The cover of Bluett’s Blue Hours is a manipulation by Roger Derham of a photograph of Kennedy by Alice Maud Guldbrandsen and a photograph by David Applefield of the neon sign on a wall over Copenhagen’s Sortedam Lake. The sign advertises the fresh eggs of Irma’s supermarket — something of an iconic Copenhagen symbol since the 1950s. The image is described in the novel and its implications riffed on.

The cover of Cast Upon the Day is by Wiliam Skotte Olsen (used by kind permission of Henrik Kampmann and Galleri Kampmann). The oil-on-canvas painting is from Kennedy’s collection of original art.

The cover of Danish Fall is a collage of a photo of Kennedy by Alice Maud Guldbrandsen and a photo by Kennedy of “Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus,” a bar on St. Hans Square in north Copenhagen, where several scenes from the novel are set. The collage is by Roger Derham, publisher of Danish Fall.

The cover of Greene’s Summer includes a photo of Café Bopa on BOPA Place in east Copenhagen. Photo originally by Thomas E. Kennedy and manipulated by Roger Derham.

The cover of Kerrigan’s Copenhagen is a manipulation by Roger Derham of a photo by Thomas E. Kennedy of the sculpture, “A Drunken Faun,” by Andreas Kolbert, 1857. Sculpture stands on the bank of St. John’s Lake in west Copenhagen.

The cover of Poems and Sources features “Island Cities,” painted by Hysse Forchhammer in 1999 especially for the anthology, and inspired by the John Updike sonnet in the issue. Original painting now hangs in Kennedy’s collection.

The cover of Stories and Sources features “Carousel,” an oil painting by Gladys Swan.

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Art Featured on “About the Author: Brief Bio” Page

“FISH” is a metal sculpture by Finnish sculptor, Heikki W. Virolainen, 1982. This piece is from Kennedy’s collection of original art.

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Art Featured on “Credits & Copyright” Page

The main photo at upper left shows an oil-on-canvas painting entitled Face, by Wiliam Skotte Olsen (used by kind permission of Galleri Kampman and Bredgade Kunsthandel). This painting is from Kennedy’s collection of original art.

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Art Featured on “Home” and “Site Map” Pages

The main photo at upper left is by Thomas E. Kennedy and shows an oil portrait of Kennedy by Hysse Forchhammer (2004). The portrait was a gift to Kennedy on his 60th birthday.

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Credits: Photographs

General Credit Notice About Photos: Many photographs on this website have been cropped, resized, or otherwise edited by Clare MacQueen, with permission, from materials provided by Kennedy.


Photo Featured on “About the Author: Brief Bio” Page

The main photo at upper left is a still captured from The Copenhagen Quartet Documentary film.

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Photos Featured on “Books” Pages

The main photo at upper left is by Finja Desler and shows Kennedy at a reading in Germany in May 2009.

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Photos Featured on “Books: Highlights and Recent Releases” Page

Finja Desler shot the photo of Kennedy that appears under the subsection, “Recent Books: Published.”

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Photos Featured on “Books: Short Works: Poetry” Page

“Continuing Story of My Life in Østerbro”: The photograph of bicyclists that appears between stanzas six and seven of this poem is by Thomas E. Kennedy.

“Continuing Story of My Life in Østerbro”: The photo that appears between stanzas 17 and 18 is by Dave Sorensen. Here, Kennedy smokes a cigar at Femmeren serving house (The Fiver) on Classensgade in Copenhagen.

“Giving Up the Money”: Kennedy wears his favorite hat as he reads aloud from his poetry in Frederiksberg Garden, Copenhagen. Standing nearby is Robert Stewart, essayist, poet, and editor of New Letters literary magazine.

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Photos Featured on “Contact” Page

The main photograph at upper left is by Mark Hillringhouse, 2012.

The graphic image at right of Contact Page depicts The Kerri Man.

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Photos Featured on “Copenhagen Quartet” Page

The main photo at upper left is by Minna Proctor.

The “Copenhagen Towers” photograph includes the Copenhagen canals, the Stock Exchange dragon tower, and Christiansborgslot, the Danish parliament. Photo by Thomas E. Kennedy.

“Reclining Girl” is a sculpture by Gerhard Henning, who started the piece in 1914 and finished it in 1943. Initially, this sculpture was a miniature, and an artist colleague urged Henning to create a life-size sculpture of it. Photo by Thomas E. Kennedy.

“The Kultorvet Photo” shows Kennedy sitting on a sculpted bench in Copenhagen’s Kultorvet (The Coal Square) beside two stone figures. Bench and figures comprise a sculpture called “Hyldemoer” (“The Elder-Tree Mother”), by Hanne Varming, 1990. This piece was inspired by a Hans Christian Anderson tale of the same name.

More about Kultorvet: Søren Kierkegaard lived for a time on Kultorvet, and one of Kennedy’s favorite bars — The White Lamb (built in 1807) — is there. When the Duke of Wellington shelled Copenhagen in 1807, he blew the roof off the building of the White Lamb (the pub itself is in the basement). Now, Kennedy says, the place has jazz every night and the only Duke who blows the roof off is Ellington.

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Photos Featured on “Film Clips” Pages

The main photo at upper left is by Minna Proctor.

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Photos Featured on “Highlights” Page

Photo at upper left is by Finja Desler and shows Kennedy at a reading in Germany in May 2009.

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Photos Featured on “Music & Movies” Pages

The main photo at upper left is adapted from a still photograph from The Copenhagen Quartet Documentary film.

Band Members: The photograph of Jack O’Brien that appears at the end of his profile is by David Straub. (Photo cropped and resized by Clare MacQueen.)

Band Members: The photographs that appear within the profiles of John Guerin, Norman Landsberg, and Richie McBride are by David Straub. (Photos cropped and resized by Clare MacQueen.)

Band Members: “Jack and Me”: The photograph of Jack O’Brien that appears mid-way through Kennedy’s essay is a digital adaptation by Clare MacQueen of the photo by David Straub.

Band Members: “Jack and Me”: The photograph of Jack O’Brien that appears at the end of Kennedy’s essay shows him playing his guitar, a Gibson Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty,” during a concert. (Photo is a detail cropped by Clare MacQueen from a slide show, and used by permission.) Photographer, date, and concert details are unknown. If you have any information about this photo and its photographer, please contact Tom Kennedy, who would very much like to give proper credit where it’s due.

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Photo Featured on “Outside Links” Page

The photograph of Kennedy’s Muses at upper left is by Kennedy and depicts life-size Polynesian wood carvings, fertility figures from the mid-20th century or earlier, topped with horsehair wigs. These powerful figures are from the author’s collection of primitive masks and art, and stand next to his writing desk as a source of immediate and continuous inspiration.

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Photos Featured on “Readings & Lectures” Page

Main photo at upper left is by Jens Rost and shows Kennedy reading from his work in the King’s Garden, Copenhagen, in August 2008.

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Photos Featured on “Site Map” Page

The main photo at upper left is by Thomas E. Kennedy and shows an oil portrait of Kennedy by Hysse Forchhammer (2004). The portrait was a gift to Kennedy on his 60th birthday.

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Credits: Custom Image Gallery and Media Player

The media player and gallery of thumbnail images on the “Film Clips: Flash Media Player” Page were custom designed and developed by Gary Gibbons at Puget Custom PC, Copyright © 2007-2014.

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Credits: Graphics

General copyright notice: The official Thomas E. Kennedy website contains proprietary data and images that are protected by copyright law. Resale use of any content (text, graphics, images, photographs, and computer code) of this website is prohibited.

The Kerri Man: Graphics at website, including background images and the transparent “Kerri Man” figure, are by Gary Gibbons, Puget Custom PC, Copyright © 2007-2014.

The “Kerri Man” figure is based on an electronic image rendered by Roger Derham (publisher of Kennedy’s The Copenhagen Quartet) on the basis of a sculpture done in wrought iron by John Behan, nephew of the lengendary Irish poet and playwright, Brendan Behan. Image used by permission.

The Kerri Man represents Terrence Einhorn Kerrigan, the main character of Kerrigan’s Copenhagen, A Love Story, who walks around Copenhagen from bar to bar carrying a leather satchel containing his dog-eared, never-read copy of Finnegan’s Wake. The Behan sculpture itself, in fact, depicts the Jesuit Father Conmee from Joyce’s Ulysses, who is about as different from Kerrigan as a man can be. But, as Kennedy notes, the visual fits well.

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We do not sell, rent, or exchange your name and e-mail address, or any other information about you, to third parties for marketing purposes.

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Acknowledgements

The author would like to thank Clare MacQueen and Gary Gibbons (of Puget Custom PC) for designing, editing, programming, and maintaining this website.

The author would also like to express deep and sincere thanks to the following people for their encouragement, friendship, invaluable assistance, and sine qua non status:

David Applefield
Dennis Bormann
Duff Brenna
James Carroll
Paul Casey
Walter Cummins
Roger Derham
Gaylord Dold
Andre Dubus II
Andre Dubus III
Hysse Forchhammer
Inge Genefke
Bill Henderson
Greg Herriges
Bob Hollander
Jean Hollander
Liam Jennings
Daniel Kennedy
Ethel Paris Kennedy
George R. Kennedy
George R. Kennedy, Sr.
Isabel Kennedy
Jerry Kennedy*
Christopher Klim
Tom Knoff

Norman Landsberg
Linda Lappin
Michael Lee
Richie McBride
Askold Melnyczuk
David Memmott
Rick Mulkey
Darria O’Brien
Jack O’Brien (my third brother)
Wilhelmina Marne O’Brien
Joan Kennedy O’Connor
Andi Olsen
Lance Olsen
Pam Painter
John D. Roberts
Susan Schwartz Senstad
Robert Stewart
Herman Swafford
Polly Swafford
Gladys Swan
Susan Tekulve
Susan Tiberghien
Martin Tucker
Gordon Weaver
W.D. Wetherell

* Who helped discover popular terms, e.g., hangover horns

Because of the author’s scratched cranial hard disk, he is certain he has forgotten other names which very clearly should have been included, and these will, from time to time, be added as they surface in his brain. Meanwhile, thank you all!

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