A Confederacy of Dunces


Product Details

$27.95  $25.71
LSU Press
Publish Date
August 11, 2014
6.26 X 9.29 X 1.22 inches | 1.48 pounds

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About the Author

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 A Confederacy of Dunces was written while he was in the army, stationed in Puerto Rico and teaching English to new recruits.


One of the funniest books ever written . . . it will make you laugh out lough till your belly aches and your eyes water.--The New Republic
One of the most revered comic works in the modern canon.--Slate
[Toole's] novel is a parade of victorious laughter, just like those famous jazz funerals in New Orleans.--The Millions
The novel can hardly contain burstingly funny Ignatius--and the mix of high and low comedy is almost stroboscopic: brilliant, relentless, delicious, perhaps even classic.--Kirkus Reviews
To the charms of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces, I succumbed, stunned and seduced, page after page, vocal with delight. . . . A pungent work of slapstick, satire, and intellectual incongruities.--New York Times
An astonishingly original and assured comic spree.--New York Magazine
Crazy magnificent once-in-a-blue-moon first novel. . . . There is a touch of genius about Toole and what he has created.--Publishers Weekly