January 21, 1994
5.4 X 1.2 X 8.2 inches | 0.85 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.
Walker Percy wrote several books, many of them bestsellers, and is considered one of the greatest American writers of our time. His books include The Moviegoer and Love in the Ruins.
Pulitzer Prize Winner "A masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue."--The New York Times Book Review "A corker, an epic comedy, a rumbling, roaring avalanche of a book."--The Washington Post "An astonishingly good novel, radiant with intelligence and artful high comedy."--Newsweek "One of the funniest books ever written . . . it will make you laugh out loud till your belly aches and your eyes water."--The New Republic "The episodes explode one after the other like fireworks on a stormy night. No doubt about it, this book is destined to become a classic."--The Baltimore Sun "The dialogue is superbly mad. You simply sweep along, unbelievably entranced."--The Boston Globe "An astonishingly original and assured comic spree."--New York Magazine "As hilarious as it indisputably is, A Confederacy of Dunces is a serious and important work."-- Los Angeles Herald Examiner "If a book's price is measured against the laughs it provokes, A Confederacy of Dunces is the bargain of the year." -- Time "A brilliant and evocative novel." --San Francisco Chronicle "I found myself laughing out loud again and again as I read this ribald book." --Christian Science Monitor "Crazy magnificent once-in-a-blue-moon first novel. . . . There is a touch of genius about Toole and what he has created." --Publishers Weekly "A masterpiece of character comedy . . . brilliant, relentless, delicious, perhaps even classic." --Kirkus Reviews "Astonishing, extravagant, lunatic, satiric, and peculiar, but it is above all genuine, skillful, and unsentimentally comic." --Booklist Ignatius J. Reilly is Bette Midler's favorite hero of fiction (Vanity Fair, August 2008)