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The Resource A confederacy of dunces, John Kennedy Toole ; with a foreword by Walker Percy

A confederacy of dunces, John Kennedy Toole ; with a foreword by Walker Percy

Label
A confederacy of dunces
Title
A confederacy of dunces
Statement of responsibility
John Kennedy Toole ; with a foreword by Walker Percy
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
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
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1981.
  • Great American Read, 2018.
Awards note
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1981.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
059470
Cataloging source
LUU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1937-1969
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Toole, John Kennedy
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3570.O54
LC item number
C66 2014b
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1916-1990
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Percy, Walker
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True
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  • Mothers and sons
  • Young men
  • New Orleans (La.)
  • Mothers and sons
  • Young men
  • Louisiana
Target audience
adult
Label
A confederacy of dunces, John Kennedy Toole ; with a foreword by Walker Percy
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn884803489
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
35th anniversary edition Large print edition.
Extent
viii, 603 pages
Isbn
9780807159613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)884803489
Label
A confederacy of dunces, John Kennedy Toole ; with a foreword by Walker Percy
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn884803489
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
35th anniversary edition Large print edition.
Extent
viii, 603 pages
Isbn
9780807159613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)884803489

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