John Kennedy Toole Pulitzer Prize
John Kennedy Toole is one of New Orleans's most beloved writers. His novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, with its unlikely cast of misfit characters, is widely considered to be the the quintessential New Orleans novel. Toole wrote the novel in 1963, while serving in the U.S. army in Puerto Rico. After several unsuccessful attempts to have the novel published, Toole committed suicide, believing himself to be a failure. It was not until eleven years after his death that his mother, Thelma Toole, convinced Walker Percy to publish the book, to widespread critical acclaim. The book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1981.
John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize for A Confederacy of Dunces, awarded posthumously.
John Kennedy Toole Papers, Manuscripts Collection 740, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118
Louisianan Research Collection
1981 April 13
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