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John Kennedy Toole

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John Kennedy Toole


Born
in New Orleans, LA, The United States
December 17, 1937

Died
March 26, 1969

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Influences


John Kennedy Toole was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, best known for his novel A Confederacy of Dunces.

Toole's novels remained unpublished during his lifetime. Some years after his death by suicide, Toole's mother brought the manuscript of A Confederacy of Dunces to the attention of the novelist Walker Percy, who ushered the book into print. In 1981 Toole was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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A Confederacy of Dunces

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“I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.”
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

“Apparently I lack some particular perversion which today's employer is seeking. ”
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

“Is my paranoia getting completely out of hand, or are you mongoloids really talking about me?”
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

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August 2016 New School Group Read

 
  45 votes, 25.1%

 
  20 votes, 11.2%

1966, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, 176 pages
 
  17 votes, 9.5%

1931, The Waves by Virginia Woolf, 297 pages
 
  17 votes, 9.5%

1997, American Pastoral by Philip Roth, 432 pages
 
  17 votes, 9.5%

 
  15 votes, 8.4%

1963, The Collector by John Fowles, 282 pages
 
  12 votes, 6.7%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  10 votes, 5.6%

1990, Possession by A.S. Byatt, 555 pages
 
  9 votes, 5.0%

1996, The Beach by Alex Garland, 436 pages
 
  5 votes, 2.8%

1948, Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, 320 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.2%

1949, The Way West by A.B. Guthrie Jr., 352 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.2%

1942, The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas, 528 pages
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

1924, Precious Bane by Mary Webb, 328 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.6%

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