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Ignatius rising : the life of John Kennedy Toole

Author: René Pol Nevils; Deborah George Hardy
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Ignatius Rising, Rene Pol Nevils and Deborah George Hardy present the first biography of John Kennedy Toole, a work based upon scores of interviews with contemporaries of the writer and acquaintances of his mother, Thelma, as well as unpublished letters, documents, and photographs. Known variously as "Ken," "Tooley," and "John," Toole is revealed to have been many things: a coddled only child; an academic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Kennedy Toole; John Kennedy Toole; John Kennedy Toole
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: René Pol Nevils; Deborah George Hardy
ISBN: 0807126802 9780807126806
OCLC Number: 44841584
Description: 234 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: René Pol Nevils & Deborah George Hardy.

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"In Ignatius Rising, Rene Pol Nevils and Deborah George Hardy present the first biography of John Kennedy Toole, a work based upon scores of interviews with contemporaries of the writer and acquaintances of his mother, Thelma, as well as unpublished letters, documents, and photographs. Known variously as "Ken," "Tooley," and "John," Toole is revealed to have been many things: a coddled only child; an academic prodigy; a soul tortured by conflicting feelings for his mother and about his sexual identity; a fun-loving cut-up, a master of mimicry, and a conversationalist nonpareil; an impeccable, popular college teacher; a straitlaced constant worrier by day and a back-street blues devotee at night; a writer who cherished the many nuances of his native city, New Orleans; and a man ultimately depressed, overweight, hard-drinking, promiscuous, and mad."--Jacket.

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