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John Kennedy Toole

Toole was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, best known for his novel A Confederacy of Dunces. His mental health began to deteriorate after his manuscript, into which he had poured so much of himself, was rejected by a publisher, and he committed suicide in 1969. Years after his death, Toole's mother brought the manuscript to novelist Walker Percy, who ushered the book into print. In 1981, Toole was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize. What is Toole's only other novel? More...
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The Neon Bible.
A Confederation of dunces is probably one of the best novels ever written.
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What a sad ending to the life of this brilliant man.
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A Confederacy of Dunces is one of two novels written by John Kennedy Toole, the other being The Neon Bible.


The book's title is derived from a sentence in Jonathan Swift's "Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting":
"When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."



http://www.gradesaver.com/a-confederacy-of-dunces/study-guide/about
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What a tragic life, that ended too soon.
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The dunces: If they can't join you, they'll fight you.
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Just because you can't beat 'em doesn't mean you should join 'em.
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I hated Confederacy of Dunces in the beginning, I rarely don't finish a book, so I ploughed on. I went up & down, but overall, what a brilliant, funny, scathing book. So many books I read & instantly forget, but not this one. It's stayed with me.
When I read a book, the characters have got their own faces & voices, naturally. When I read Dunces, the protagonist, Ignatius J. Reilly had the voice of 'Comic book guy' from The Simpsons.
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