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Description - A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Toole's lunatic and sage novel introduces one of the most memorable characters in American literature, Ignatius Reilly, whom Walker Percy dubs "slob extraordinary, a mad Oliver Hardy, a fat Don Quixote, a perverse Thomas Aquinas rolled into one - who is in violent revolt against the entire modern age". Ignatius' ire explodes when his mother backs into an automobile. The owner of the damaged vehicle insists on payment; and Mrs. Reilly demands that her son stop watching television and writing in his Big Chief tablet and get a job. Set in New Orleans, "A Confederacy of Dunces" outswifts Swift, one of whose essays gives the book its title. Its characters 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. This 20th anniversary edition will include a new introduction looking back on the history of this modern-day classic.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780807126066
ISBN-10: 0807126063
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 338
Imprint: Louisiana State University Press
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John Kennedy Toole

John Kennedy Toole was born in New Orleans in 1937 and died in 1969. After graduating from Tulane University, he received a master's degree from 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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