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Published by Penguin in Harmondsworth .
Written in English


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Originally published: LouisianaState University Press, 1980.

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Open LibraryOL14948251M
ISBN 10014010934X

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A Cornucopia of Dunderheads: A Parody of the Novel A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES by John Kennedy Toole, with a Foreword by Franz-Heinrich Katecki.   With John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, I feel that the author has already made it easy for the scriptwriters to produce what could be one of the best comedies of our time. This book is considered a great classic in American literature and quite rightly too. A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole A monument to sloth, rant and contempt, and suspicious of anything modern - this is Ignatius J. Reilly of New Orleans, crusader against dunces. that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. Jonathan Swift— The tragedy of the book is the tragedy of the author—his suicide in at the 4/5(32). During these two years Toole was an Army corporal in Puerto Rico. In , after Toole had finished writing A Confederacy of Dunces, he began speaking with a man by the name of Robert Gottlieb. Gottlieb was an editor that Toole was corresponding with about the publication of his book.

The plot of A Confederacy of Dunces is a knotted, tangled, ridiculous thing. Following it is like unraveling a giant ball of yarn wrapped around a very fat man with a moustache and a funny hat who keeps falling over. So have patience and watch out for toppling medievalists. Never published during his lifetime, John Kennedy Toole's hilarious satire, A Confederacy of Dunces is a Don Quixote for the modern age, and this Penguin Modern Classics edition includes a foreword by Walker Percy/5(2K). A Confederacy of Dunces is one of two novels written by John Kennedy Toole, the other being The Neon Bible, which he wrote at age Neither book was published during Toole's lifetime. Following Toole's suicide, his mother sought out author Walker Percy and insisted that he read the manuscript of A Confederacy of Dunces.   The main character of A Confederacy of Dunces is Ignatius J. Reilly. Ans the main character of the book is a 30 years old man and still living with his mother. And he is also very much keen in finding a job as well. This man is an educated man but also he is very much lazy as well. The book “A Confederacy of Dunces” basically deals with the.

A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece that outswifts Swift, whose poem gives the book its title. Set in New Orleans, the novel bursts into life on Canal Street under the clock at D. H. Holmes department store. The comedy of A Confederacy of Dunces is writ large in and between its many lines: a grand farce of overeducated white trash, corrupt law enforcement, exotic dancing and the nouveau riche in steamy New Orleans. The Pulitzer committee thought highly enough of Toole's comic prowess to give his only novel the Prize posthumously. Therein lies the tragedy of this huge and hugely funny book. A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel by American novelist John Kennedy Toole which appeared in , eleven years after Toole's hed through the efforts of writer Walker Percy (who also contributed a foreword) and Toole's mother, the book became first a cult classic, then a mainstream success; it earned Toole a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in . “A Confederacy of Dunces,” John Kennedy Toole’s bizarre novel about an outlandish character stumbling around New Orleans provokes much controversy in the publishing world. The author, almost as unsettled as his protagonist, Ignatius Reilly, never lived /5.