John Kennedy Toole

John Kennedy Toole was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, best known for his posthumously published novel 'A Confederacy of Dunces'. Toole wrote the novel during the early 1960s, and after facing repeated rejections from publishers, he tragically committed suicide in 1969. The novel was eventually published in 1980, thanks to the efforts of his mother who brought the manuscript to the attention of writer Walker Percy. 'A Confederacy of Dunces' went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981, and Toole has since been recognized as a significant figure in 20th-century American literature.


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  1. 1. A Confederacy of Dunces

    The novel is a comedic satire set in New Orleans in the early 1960s, centered around Ignatius J. Reilly, a lazy, eccentric, highly educated, and socially inept man who still lives with his mother. Ignatius spends his time writing a lengthy philosophical work while working various jobs and avoiding the responsibilities of adulthood. The story follows his misadventures and interactions with a colorful cast of characters in the city, including his long-suffering mother, a flamboyant nightclub owner, a beleaguered factory worker, and a frustrated hot dog vendor.