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The Confederacy of Dunces
by Shane l Meadows  Foreword by Walker Percy 

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Publisher:  Grove Press ISBN-10:  0802130208 Type: 


Copyright:  1980 ISBN-13:  9780802130204

Confederacy of Dunces

About the Author

John Kennedy Toole was born in New Orleans in 1937. He received a master's degree in English from Columbia University and taught at Hunter and the University of Southwestern Louisiana. In 1969, frustrated at his failure to interest a publisher in A Confederacy of Dunces, he committed suicide. Toole's book was eventually published, after his mother brought the work to the attention of Walker Percy and insisted that he read her son's manuscript. Percy became one of the novel's many admirers and The Confederacy of Dunces would eventually be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1981. Following that posthumous success, The Neon Bible, which Toole had written when he was sixteen, was first published in 1989.

Try and read a page and then try and put it down- I bet you can't!

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
Jonathan Swift—
the book won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Today, there are over 1,500,000 copies in print worldwide in eighteen languages.

This book is - well, the only book that we'll get to enjoy by John Kennedy Toole!

JO'Toole commited suicide- VERY sad- I personally think that this book is about himself!

And about publishing- His mother [ Thelma D. Toole] went to a University and asked *(&(* to publish her dead son's book- No, was the answer- many times over. She wouldn't take NO for an answer-

Finally, the professor said yes, and thought that he would read a few paragraphs and then put the book down, guilt free!
It turned out that he couldn't put it down, remarking that we had indeed lost a great writer-

This wildly inventive comic masterpiece exploded on the literary scene like a time bomb in 1980. The rest is publishing history. Critics and readers adored "A Confederacy of Dunces, " and the book went on to win the Pulitzer-  

A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full oflarge ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once. Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank into little folds filled with disapproval and potato chip crumbs. In the shadow under the green visor of the cap Ignatius J. Reilly's supercilious blue and yellow yes looked down upon the other people waiting under the clock at the D.H.Holmes department store, studying the crowd of people for signs of bad taste in dress. Several of the outfits, Ignatius noticed, were new enough and expensive enough to be properly considered offenses against taste and decency. Possession of anything new or expensive only reflected a person's lack of theology and geometry; it could even cast doubts upon one's soul.


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ISBN13: 9780802130204
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Professional Reviews

Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006)
"This novel records the adventures of Ignatius J. Reilly, a Falstaffian slob who is also one of the most memorable characters in recent fiction. Ignatius wallows through New Orleans reminiscing about Abelard, Boethius, and Batman, while railing against Freud, academics, and Greyhound buses. Like his creator, who committed suicide in 1969, Ignatius never finds his place in the modern world. This comic novel, on the other hand, should have no trouble finding a niche in the literary world; it is a superb mock-heroic tale that is full of the exuberance—and the profound solitude—of life." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

The New York Times Book Review
A masterwork...the novel astonishes with its is nothing less than a grand comic fugue.

Christian Science Monitor
"I found myself laughing out loud again and again as I read this ribald book."

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