A confederacy of dunces / John Kennedy Toole ; with a foreword by Walker Percy..
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- ISBN: 9780807159606 (thirty-fifth anniversary edition)
- ISBN: 0807159603 (thirty-fifth anniversary edition)
- ISBN: 9780807159613 (large print edition)
- ISBN: 0807159611 (large print edition)
- Physical Description: viii, 603 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
- Edition: 35th anniversary edition (Large print edition)..
- Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 2014
Toole's lunatic and sage novel introduces one of the most memorable characters in American literature, Ignatius Reilly, whom Walker Percy dubs "slob extraordinaire, a mad Oliver Hardy, a fat Don Quixote, a perverse Thomas Aquinas rolled into one." 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 presence-Ignatius and his mother; Miss Trixie, the octogenarian assistant accountant at Levi Pants; inept, wan Patrolman Mancuso; Darlene, the Bourbon Street stripper with a penchant for poultry; Jones the jivecat in spaceage dark glasses.
Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 1981.
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