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John Kennedy Toole

John Kennedy Toole was craftsman who comprehended the unreasonable nature of things and through his Pulitzer prize-winning novel uncovered the very essence of New Orleans. He depicted its characters, its corners, its mysteries, and feeling of rot, that wanton flavor that he knew so well. 244 more words

Book Reviews

A Confederacy of Dunces

Author: John Kennedy Toole

Type: Fiction, novel

Published: 1980

I read it: July 2010

In the height of summer, I read this fictional account of a hapless New Orleans protagonist knowing that later I’d read some nonfiction about the city ( 153 more words

Top 10 Suicidal Writers

Although the image of the tortured artist might seem like a stereotypical archetype, there seems no shortage of evidence that people of a creative bent often suffer from mental illness. 1,298 more words


A Confederacy of Dunces – quotes and extracts – 65

He had read in the morning paper that a ladies’ art guild was having a hanging of its paintings in Pirate’s Alley. Imagining that the paintings would be offensive enough to interest him for a while, he pushed his wagon up onto the flagstones of the Alley toward the variety of artwork dangling from the iron pickets of the fence behind the Cathedral.

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A Confederacy of Dunces – quotes and extracts – 64

Unfortunately, my feet could not keep pace with my soul (p. 197).

Some musk which my system generates must be especially appealing to the authorities of the government .

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New Orleans

Ignatius' Cheese Dip & Paradise Hot Dogs

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.”

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