New Arrivals: A Confederacy of Dunces

12 01 2010

Título: A Confederacy of Dunces

Autor: John Kennedy Toole

Obra adaptada: NO

‘When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him’ (Jonathan Swift)

This is Ignatius J. Reilly of New Orleans, noble crusader against vice, modernity and ignorance. In magnificent revolt against the twentieth century, Ignatius propels his monstrous bulk among the flesh-pots of a fallen city, until his maroon-haired mother decrees that he must  go to work…

A masterwork, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981

About the Author

John Kennedy Toole was born in New Orleans in 1937. He received a master’s degree in English from Columbia University and taught at Hunter and the University of Southwestern Louisiana. In 1969, frustrated at his failure to interest a publisher in A Confederacy of Dunces, he committed suicide. Toole’s book was eventually published, after his mother brought the work to the attention of Walker Percy and insisted that he read her son’s manuscript. Percy became one of the novel’s many admirers and The Confederacy of Dunces would eventually be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1981. Following that posthumous success, The Neon Bible, which Toole had written when he was sixteen, was first published in 1989.


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