Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of a Confederacy of Dunces


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Da Capo Press
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5.6 X 8.6 X 1.0 inches | 0.83 pounds

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About the Author

Cory MacLauchlin is a producer, biographer, and member of the English Faculty at Germanna Community College. He lives in northern Virginia with his wife and son.


Publishers Weekly, 4/23/12
"[A] thoughtful and thorough biography...MacLauchlin does an admirable job distinguishing facts from speculation." New City, 5/1/12 "Butterfly in the Typewriter is as close to unraveling the enigma of the often-mysterious John Kennedy Toole as we are ever likely to read, and his story makes for an engrossing read." Shepherd Express, 5/2/12
"A fascinating account of Toole's short, intense life...For anyone carrying more than a passing interest in A Confederacy of Dunces, this bio is, of course, a must-read." Cleveland Plain Dealer, 5/11/12 "For anybody who has faced rejection (and who hasn't?), this book contains a lifetime worth of wisdom." Buffalo News, 5/6/12
"This is a sad story well-told" Deep South Magazine,6/1/12 "MacLauchlin has created a book that is literary, erudite and accessible all at the same time. He has married scholarship with storytelling, which is not an easy feat." Atlanta Journal Constitution, 5/29/12

PW's Best Summer Reads 2012, 6/8/12

Kirkus Reviews, 3/15/12
"[MacLauchlin] cleanly lays out the brief life of his subject and his work's unlikely afterlife...A valuable biography"

BookPage, April Issue "[A] highly readable biography...It does an impressive job filling in the gaps and helping readers better understand this complex writer." Yahoo! Shine, 3/18/12
"Author Cory MacLauchlin provides a well-documented, highly objective, step-by-step track of Toole's too-short life." San Diego Union Tribune, 3/30/12
"A complete telling of the sad but triumphant story...The life that unfolds here is full of contrasts: laughter and pain, popularity and isolation, failure and success." LitReactor.com, 4/11 "In addition to being the most comprehensive and accurate biography about the man so far, it's also a gripping read"
Blurt-Online, 4/19/12
"An impressive new biography...MacLauchlin makes Toole come alive by providing illuminating glimpses into his life and clearing up much of the fog surrounding his death."