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John Kennedy Toole (1937–1969)

Autor(a) de A Confederacy of Dunces

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About the Author

John Kennedy Toole was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 17, 1937. He received an undergraduate degree in English from Tulane University in 1958 and a master's degree in English literature from Columbia University in 1959. He started to pursue a doctorate at Columbia, but he was drafted mostrar mais into the U.S. Army in 1961 before he was able to finish. He served for two years at Fort Buchanan in Puerto Rico, teaching English to Spanish-speaking recruits. He taught at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Hunter College in Manhattan, and St. Mary's Dominican College. He wrote A Confederacy of Dunces and sent a copy to Simon and Schuster for publication, but it was rejected. His failure to get his novel published and his increasing frustration at living with and supporting his parents brought on a breakdown. He committed suicide on March 26, 1969 at the age of 31. A Confederacy of Dunces was finally published in 1980 and won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The Neon Bible, which he wrote when he was sixteen years old, was published in 1989. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por John Kennedy Toole

A Confederacy of Dunces (1980) 21,251 exemplares
The Neon Bible (1989) 1,172 exemplares
1988 1 exemplar
Neon Bible 1 exemplar


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A Confederacy of Dunces em Someone explain it to me... (Abril 2021)
1001 Group Read - March, 2013: A Confederacy of Dunces em 1001 Books to read before you die (Março 2013)


Firma Antonio y fecha 21-sept-92
aallegue | 468 outras críticas | Feb 3, 2024 |
This strikes me as the sort of book one will only like if one has known the characters in person at some point.

Ignatius exists. His mama exists. Mancuso, the Levys, Jones, Santa, Trixie... I've known all of them in some capacity or another. And if you haven't known them, for all their faults, your life is missing something.
sauvignon | 468 outras críticas | Jan 22, 2024 |
1.75 stars. i do understand the appeal of this, i do. and it's not bad, but it is overdone, overlong, over the top. too farcical as a whole for me, while i appreciate the thematic stuff he's addressing. it would have hit harder, for me, had it been half the length. to me, this became repetitive and too clownish to be taken seriously, whereas it would have been funnier and at the same time more hard hitting if it hadn't dragged on the way it did.
overlycriticalelisa | 468 outras críticas | Jan 1, 2024 |
It is with great regret that I report that a book I loved, loved, loved in my 20's did not hold up nearly as well upon a second reading in my 60's. The book is brilliant for what it is, but I guess I just don't like what it is anymore. What I do and did like very very much is the feel and the sights and the sounds and the smells of New Orleans. As someone who spent a decent amount of time in the Big Easy while living in adjacent Mississippi decades ago, I can truly appreciate Toole's descriptive prowess in this regard. He really isn't exaggerating things very much at all. New Orleans is another planet. I think where the novel falls down for me now is the central character of Ignatius J Reilly. I find him less humorous now, more of a symbol of white men who think they know better than anybody else, but are just stupid, out-of-touch, corpulent losers. I cannot identify with this character at all, but he is brilliantly drawn. I cannot deny that.… (mais)
AliceAnna | 468 outras críticas | Dec 24, 2023 |



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