A Confederacy of Dunces

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LSU Press, Sep 1, 2004 - Fiction - 632 pages
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Released by Louisiana State University Press in 1980, A Confederacy of Dunces is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon. Rejected by countless publishers and submitted by the author's mother years after his suicide, the book won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Today there are almost two million copies in print worldwide in eighteen languages. Now, for the first time, John Kennedy Toole's comic masterpiece is available in a large print edition. Toole's lunatic and sage novel introduces one of the most memorable characters in American literature, Ignatius Reilly, whom Walker Percy dubs "slob extraordinaire, a mad Oliver Hardy, a fat Don Quixote, a perverse Thomas Aquinas rolled into one." Set in New Orleans, A Confederacy of Dunces outswifts Swift, one of whose essays gives the book its title. As its characters burst into life, they leave the region and literature forever changed by their presence -- Ignatius and his mother; Miss Trixie, the octogenarian assistant accountant at Levi Pants; inept, wan Patrolman Mancuso; Darlene, the Bourbon Street stripper with a penchant for poultry; Jones the jivecat in spaceage dark glasses.

Included here is the introduction that writer and New Orleans resident Andrei Codrescu composed for the book's twentieth anniversary. Set in oversized type for ease in reading, the large print edition will gratify both first-timers seeking to discover this modern-day classic and longtime afficionados wishing to reread a favorite novel.


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I found the writing tedious and lagging. - LibraryThing
The ending is excellent, poignant even. - LibraryThing
I just thought the plot was so slow.. - LibraryThing
The prose is acceptable, but completely unremarkable. - LibraryThing
Just a frame of reference, good people. - LibraryThing
Toole was clearly a skilled and insightful writer. - LibraryThing

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Add this to my stack of books that seem to have worked for others but not for me. I think the novel's quality and insight are enhanced for most people by the knowledge that the author committed ... Read full review

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This is a great book. I found it to be reminiscent of Catch-22, with the large cast of characters. It's not as difficult of a read as Catch-22 because it runs completely chronologically. Every ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

A native of New Orleans, John Kennedy Toole (1937--1969) was educated at Tulane University and Columbia University, and taught at Hunter College, the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and Dominican College. Much of the first draft of Confederacy was written while he was in the army, stationed in Puerto Rico teaching English to new recruits.

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