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The Resource A confederacy of dunces, John Kennedy Toole ; with a foreword by Walker Percy ; and a new introduction by Andrei Codrescu

A confederacy of dunces, John Kennedy Toole ; with a foreword by Walker Percy ; and a new introduction by Andrei Codrescu

Label
A confederacy of dunces
Title
A confederacy of dunces
Statement of responsibility
John Kennedy Toole ; with a foreword by Walker Percy ; and a new introduction by Andrei Codrescu
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Language
eng
Summary
When Walker Percy penned these prophetic words in his foreword to the first edition of A Confederacy of Dunces, he could not have known just how wide Toole's "world of readers" would become. Released by Louisiana State University Press in April 1980, A Confederacy of Dunces is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon. Turned down by countless publishers and submitted by the author's mother years after his suicide, the book won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Today, there are over 1,500,000 copies in print worldwide in eighteen languages. Toole's lunatic and sage novel introduces one of the most memorable characters in American literature, Ignatius Reilly, whom Percy dubs "slob extraordinary, a mad Oliver Hardy, a fat Don Quixote, a perverse Thomas Aquinas rolled into one- - who is in violent revolt against the entire modern age". Ignatius' ire explodes when his mother backs her car into another automobile. The owner of the damaged vehicle insists on payment; Mrs. Reilly demands that her son cease watching television and writing in his Big Chief tablet and get a job. Set in New Orleans, A Confederacy of Dunces outswifts Swift, one of whose essays gives the book its title. As its characters burst into life, they leave the region and literature forever changed by their presences - - Ignatius and his mother; Miss Trixie, the octogenarian assistant accountant at Levy Pants; inept, wan Patrolman Mancuso; Darlene, the Bourbon Street stripper with a penchant for poultry; Jones, the jivecat in space-age dark glasses. Satire and farce animate A Confederacy of Dunces; tragic awareness ennobles it. Louisiana State University Press celebrates A Confederacy of Dunces' twentieth year withthis anniversary edition, which includes a new introduction by Andrei Codrescu that examines the relationship of this modern-day classic to the city whose pulse it so brilliantly captures
Summary
Ignatius J. Reilly of New Orleans, --selfish, domineering, deluded, tragic and larger than life-- is a noble crusader against a world of dunces. He is a modern-day Quixote beset by giants of the modern age. In magnificent revolt against the twentieth century, Ignatius propels his monstrous bulk among the flesh posts of the fallen city, documenting life on his Big Chief tablets as he goes, until his maroon-haired mother decrees that Ignatius must work
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Award
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1981.
  • Great American Read, 2018.
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059470
Cataloging source
TEF
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1937-1969
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Toole, John Kennedy
Dewey number
813.54
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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1916-1990
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Percy, Walker
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True
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  • Mothers and sons
  • Young men
  • New Orleans (La.)
Target audience
adult
Label
A confederacy of dunces, John Kennedy Toole ; with a foreword by Walker Percy ; and a new introduction by Andrei Codrescu
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: 1980
Control code
ocm43918281
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
20th anniversary ed.
Extent
xiii, 338 p.
Isbn
9780807126066
Isbn Type
(hc.)
System control number
(OCoLC)43918281
Label
A confederacy of dunces, John Kennedy Toole ; with a foreword by Walker Percy ; and a new introduction by Andrei Codrescu
Publication
Note
Originally published: 1980
Control code
ocm43918281
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
20th anniversary ed.
Extent
xiii, 338 p.
Isbn
9780807126066
Isbn Type
(hc.)
System control number
(OCoLC)43918281

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