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Butterfly in the typewriter : the tragic life of John Kennedy Toole and the remarkable story of A confederacy of dunces

Author: Cory MacLauchlin
Publisher: New York : Da Capo Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Da Capo Press edView all editions and formats
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"The saga of John Kennedy Toole is one of the greatest stories of American literary history. After writing A Confederacy of Dunces, Toole corresponded with Robert Gottlieb of Simon & Schuster for two years. Exhausted from Gottlieb's suggested revisions, Toole declared the publication of the manuscript hopeless and stored it in a box. Years later he suffered a mental breakdown, took a two-month journey across the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Kennedy Toole; John Kennedy Toole
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cory MacLauchlin
ISBN: 9780306820403 0306820404 9780306821042 0306821044 0306821915 9780306821912
OCLC Number: 744287568
Description: xv, 319 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Cory MacLauchlin.

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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 Read more...

 
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Definitive biography of Toole

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2012-04-11) Excellent Permalink

I have studied John Kennedy Toole (Ken) and his novel A Confederacy of Dunces for five years; I have published two peer-review journal articles on his work; and I can say that at this point this book is the definitive biography of Ken Toole. I have learned a great deal from this book, my previous...
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