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John Kennedy Toole Pulitzer Prize

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Title

John Kennedy Toole Pulitzer Prize

Subject

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.

Description

John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize for A Confederacy of Dunces, awarded posthumously.

Source

John Kennedy Toole Papers, Manuscripts Collection 740, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118

Publisher

Louisianan Research Collection

Date

1981 April 13

Rights

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Format

image/jpg

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

740_B5_F6_20141114

Coverage

New Orleans, Louisiana, Columbia, New York

Files

740_B5_F6_20141114.jpg

Citation

“John Kennedy Toole Pulitzer Prize,” Tulane University Online Exhibits, accessed August 17, 2017, http://library.tulane.edu/exhibits/items/show/734.