“Ride a Cockhorse is at once high comedy and a mordant account of the paranoid personality, but this is only part of the elaborate business that Kennedy has undertaken; he has also brought off the improbable if not impossible—a novel about a bank! The best comic novel to come my way in a long time.” Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
“Perhaps the funniest American novel since John Kennedy Toole’s prize winner, A Confederacy of Dunces.” Newsweek
Raymond Kennedy (1934–2008) was born and raised in western Massachusetts. In 1982, he joined the creative writing faculty at Columbia University, where he taught until his retirement in 2006. Kennedy’s other novels include My Father’s Orchard; Goodnight, Jupiter; Columbine; The Flower of the Republic; Lulu Incognito; The Bitterest Age; and The Romance of Eleanor Gray.
Katherine A. Powers’s column on books and writers ran for many years in The Boston Globe and now appears in The Barnes & Noble Review under the title “A Reading Life.” She is the editor of Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life—The Letters of J. F. Powers, 1942–1963, forthcoming in 2013.
David Gordon is a prize-winning journalist (Newsweek, Harvard Education Letter) and book editor (Harvard Education Press), and is now communications director for an education nonprofit. In 1991, when Ride a Cockhorse was first published, Gordon was Raymond Kennedy's writing student at Columbia University. They became friends, and Kennedy dedicated his final book, The Romance of Eleanor Gray, to him.
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