A Confederacy of Dunces

A Confederacy of Dunces
Author: John Kennedy Toole
Publsiher: Evergreen Book
Total Pages: 418
Release: 1980
ISBN: 9780802130204
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Confederacy of Dunces Book Excerpt:

An obese New Orleans misanthrope who constantly rebukes society, Ignatius Reilly gets a job at his mother's urging but ends up leading a workers' revolt, in a twentieth anniversary edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Reprint.

A Confederacy of Dunces

A Confederacy of Dunces
Author: John Kennedy Toole
Publsiher: LSU Press
Total Pages: 636
Release: 2004-09-01
ISBN: 9780807130087
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Confederacy of Dunces Book Excerpt:

Released by Louisiana State University Press in 1980, A Confederacy of Dunces is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon. Rejected by countless publishers and submitted by the author's mother years after his suicide, the book won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Today there are almost two million copies in print worldwide in eighteen languages. Now, for the first time, John Kennedy Toole's comic masterpiece is available in a large print edition. 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. Included here is the introduction that writer and New Orleans resident Andrei Codrescu composed for the book's twentieth anniversary. Set in oversized type for ease in reading, the large print edition will gratify both first-timers seeking to discover this modern-day classic and longtime afficionados wishing to reread a favorite novel.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole Book Analysis

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole  Book Analysis
Author: Bright Summaries
Publsiher: BrightSummaries.com
Total Pages: 24
Release: 2018-05-31
ISBN: 2808002009
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole Book Analysis Book Excerpt:

Unlock the more straightforward side of A Confederacy of Dunces with this concise and insightful summary and analysis ! This engaging summary presents an analysis of A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, a picaresque novel which follows the life of Ignatius J. Reilly, an eccentric, self-absorbed layabout whose endeavours always seem to be doomed to failure. The novel’s comic tone stands in sharp contrast to its bleak portrayal of working-class life, and it has been lauded for its accurate and comprehensive depiction of the dialects of New Orleans. John Kennedy Toole was an American novelist whose work was not published until a decade after his suicide at the age of 31. A Confederacy of Dunces is generally considered his masterpiece, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981. Find out everything you need to know about A Confederacy of Dunces in a fraction of the time ! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: •A complete plot summary •Character studies •Key themes and symbols •Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries !

A Confederacy of Dunces

A Confederacy of Dunces
Author: John Kennedy Toole
Publsiher: LSU Press
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2014-08-11
ISBN: 0807159603
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Confederacy of Dunces Book Excerpt:

After four decades, the peerless wit and indulgent absurdity of A Confederacy of Dunces continues to attract new readers. Though the manuscript was rejected by many publishers during John Kennedy Toole’s lifetime, his mother successfully published the book years after her son’s suicide, and it won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. This literary underdog and comic masterpiece has sold more than two million copies in over two dozen languages. A Confederacy of Dunces features one of the most memorable protagonists in American literature, Ignatius J. Reilly, whom Walker Percy dubbed “slob extraordinaire, a mad Oliver Hardy, a fat Don Quixote, a perverse Thomas Aquinas rolled into one.” Set in New Orleans with a wild cast of characters including 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; and Jones, the jivecat in space-age dark glasses, the novel serves as an outlandish but believable tribute to a city defined by its parade of eccentric denizens. The genius of A Confederacy of Dunces is reaffirmed as successive generations embrace this extravagant satire. Adulation for Toole’s comic epic remains as intense today as it was at the time of its initial publication.

A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook

A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook
Author: Cynthia LeJeune Nobles
Publsiher: LSU Press
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2015-10-12
ISBN: 0807161918
Category: Cooking
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook Book Excerpt:

In John Kennedy Toole's iconic novel, Ignatius J. Reilly is never short of opinions about food or far away from his next bite. Whether issuing gibes such as "canned food is a perversion," or taking a break from his literary ambitions with "an occasional cheese dip," this lover of Lucky Dogs, café au lait, and wine cakes navigates 1960s New Orleans focused on gastronomical pursuits. For the novel's millions of fans, Cynthia LeJeune Nobles's "A Confederacy of Dunces" Cookbook offers recipes inspired by the delightfully commonplace and always delicious fare of Ignatius and his cohorts. Through an informative narrative and almost 200 recipes, Nobles explores the intersection of food, history, and culture found in the Pulitzer Prize--winning novel, opening up a new avenue into New Orleans's rich culinary traditions. Dishes inspired by Ignatius's favorites -- macaroons and "toothsome" steak -- as well as recipes based on supporting characters -- Officer Mancuso's Pork and Beans and Dr. Talc's Bloody Marys -- complement a wealth of fascinating detail about the epicurean side of the novel's memorable settings. A guide to the D. H. Holmes Department Store's legendary Chicken Salad, the likely offerings of the fictitious German's Bakery, and an in-depth interview with the general manager of Lucky Dogs round out this delightful cookbook. A lighthearted yet impeccably researched look at the food of the 1960s, "A Confederacy of Dunces" Cookbook reaffirms the singularity and timelessness of both New Orleans cuisine and Toole's comic tour de force.

Theology and Geometry

Theology and Geometry
Author: Leslie Marsh
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 202
Release: 2022-03-15
ISBN: 9781498585491
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theology and Geometry Book Excerpt:

This collection, the first of its kind, brings together specially commissioned academic essays to mark fifty years since the death of John Kennedy Toole.

Madness Masks and Laughter

Madness  Masks  and Laughter
Author: Rupert D. V. Glasgow
Publsiher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
Total Pages: 387
Release: 1995
ISBN: 9780838635599
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Madness Masks and Laughter Book Excerpt:

"Madness, Masks, and Laughter: An Essay on Comedy is an exploration of narrative and dramatic comedy as a laughter-inducing phenomenon. The theatrical metaphors of mask, appearance, and illusion are used as structural linchpins in an attempt to categorize the many and extremely varied manifestations of comedy and to find out what they may have in common with one another. As this reliance on metaphor suggests, the purpose is less to produce The Truth about comedy than to look at how it is related to our understanding of the world and to ways of understanding our understanding. Previous theories of comedy or laughter (such as those advanced by Hobbes, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Bergson, Freud, and Bakhtin) as well as more general philosophical considerations are discussed insofar as they shed light on this approach. The limitations of the metaphors themselves mean that sight is never lost of the deep-seated ambiguity that has made laughter so notoriously difficult to pin down in the past." "The first half of the volume focuses in particular on traditional comic masks and the pleasures of repetition and recognition, on the comedy of imposture, disguise, and deception, on dramatic and verbal irony, on social and theatrical role-playing and the comic possibilities of plays-within-plays and "metatheatre," as well as on the cliches, puns, witticisms, and torrents of gibberish which betray that language itself may be understood as a sort of mask. The second half of the book moves to the other side of the footlights to show how the spectators themselves, identifying with the comic spectacle, may be induced to "drop" their own roles and postures, laughter here operating as something akin to a ventilatory release from the pressures of social or cognitive performance. Here the essay examines the subversive madness inherent in comedy, its displaced anti-authoritarianism, as well as the violence, sexuality, and bodily grotesqueness it may bring to light. The structural tensions in this broadly Hobbesian or Freudian model of a social mask concealing an anti-social self are reflected in comedy's own ambivalences, and emerge especially in the ambiguous concepts of madness and folly, which may be either celebrated as festive fun or derided as sinfulness. The study concludes by considering the ways in which nonsense and the grotesque may infringe our cognitive limitations, here extending the distinction between appearance and reality to a metaphysical level which is nonetheless prey to unresolvable ambiguities." "The scope of the comic material ranges over time from Aristophanes to Martin Amis, from Boccaccio, Chaucer, Rabelais, and Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde, Joe Orton, John Barth, and Philip Roth. Alongside mainly Old Greek, Italian, French, Irish, English, and American examples, a number of relatively little-known German plays (by Grabbe, Tieck, Buchner, and others) are also taken into consideration."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Ken and Thelma

Ken and Thelma
Author: Joel L. Fletcher
Publsiher: Pelican Publishing
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2005
ISBN: 9781589802964
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ken and Thelma Book Excerpt:

"Ken has a real gift for mimicry and a refined sense of the absurd . . . the English faculty . . .both fear and court Ken because of his biting comic talent." --from Joel L. Fletcher's journal John Kennedy Toole's first published novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, which Walker Percy called a"gargantuan tumultuous human tragi-comedy," became a publishing phenomenon, with almost two million copies in print worldwide in eighteen languages. The book's outrageous protagonist, Ignatius Reilly, is an icon of contemporary American fiction.Now Ken and Thelma sheds new light on the tragic life story of the author, known as 'Ken' to his friends. Drawing on his own journals and personal letters, Joel L. Fletcher recreates his friendship with Ken in the early 1960s and his long association with Ken's indomitable mother, Thelma Ducoing Toole, after the book's publication. Ken and Thelma features personal photographs, many never before published.

Crossroads

Crossroads
Author: Ted Olson
Publsiher: Mercer University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2007-01-15
ISBN: 9780881460377
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Crossroads Book Excerpt:

C.1 GIFT BY NANCY MCLENDON, IN MEMORY OF ELIZAH COLEMAN GLOVER. 2-07-2008. $20.00.

The Hero in Transition

The Hero in Transition
Author: Ray Broadus Browne,Marshall William Fishwick
Publsiher: Popular Press
Total Pages: 332
Release: 1983
ISBN: 9780879722388
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Hero in Transition Book Excerpt:

An investigation of society’s heroes during any time period will reveal the personnel deemed worthy of being emulated at that particular time by that particular society. There will be many old and time-tested figures, sometimes with new faces and new profiles; there will also be a mix of new faces. Thus the hero—like history itself—is constantly in transition, and both the hero and the transition are fundamental to the study of a culture. These essays turn the pantheon of heroes around before our eyes and reveal the many complicated aspects of hero worship.

Beginning MySQL

Beginning MySQL
Author: Robert Sheldon,Geoff Moes
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 867
Release: 2005-03-11
ISBN: 0764596578
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beginning MySQL Book Excerpt:

Provides programmers with a complete foundation in MySQL, the multi-user, multi-threaded SQL database server that easily stores, updates, and accesses information Offers detailed instructions for MySQL installation and configuration on either Windows or Linux Shows how to create a database, work with SQL, add and modify data, run queries, perform administrative tasks, and build database applications Demonstrates how to connect to a MySQL database from within PHP, Java, ASP, and ASP.NET applications Companion Web site includes SQL statements needed to create and populate a database plus three ready-to-use database applications (in PHP, Java, and ASP.NET)

Ken Thelma

Ken   Thelma
Author: Joel Fletcher
Publsiher: Pelican Publishing Company
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2017-01-30
ISBN: 9781455622825
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ken Thelma Book Excerpt:

"This valuable companion to Dunces will be a treat to those who've enjoyed the novel." Larry Thornberry, Washington Times Before it won the Pulitzer Prize and became an international bestseller, A Confederacy of Dunces was a rejected manuscript by an unknown New Orleans professor named John Kennedy Toole. It languished in a closet for years after Toole's suicide until his mother discovered it. Almost as compelling as the novel's plot is the story of the book's publication and Toole's posthumous winning of the Pulitzer Prize, driven by the indomitable will of his mother. From personal letters, contemporary journals, and family photos, author Joel L. Fletcher recalls his friendship with Toole during the early 1960s and his long, supportive friendship with Toole's mother, Thelma Ducoing Toole.

Twentieth Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context 4 volumes

Twentieth Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context  4 volumes
Author: Linda De Roche
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 1348
Release: 2021-06-30
ISBN: 1440853592
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Twentieth Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context 4 volumes Book Excerpt:

This four-volume reference work surveys American literature from the early 20th century to the present day, featuring a diverse range of American works and authors and an expansive selection of primary source materials. Bringing useful and engaging material into the classroom, this four-volume set covers more than a century of American literary history—from 1900 to the present. Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context profiles authors and their works and provides overviews of literary movements and genres through which readers will understand the historical, cultural, and political contexts that have shaped American writing. Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context provides wide coverage of authors, works, genres, and movements that are emblematic of the diversity of modern America. Not only are major literary movements represented, such as the Beats, but this work also highlights the emergence and development of modern Native American literature, African American literature, and other representative groups that showcase the diversity of American letters. A rich selection of primary documents and background material provides indispensable information for student research. Covers significant authors, as well as those neglected by history, and their works from major historical and cultural periods of the last century, including authors writing today Situates authors' works not only within their own canon but also with the historical and cultural context of the U.S. more broadly Positions primary documents after specific authors or works, allowing readers to read excerpts critically in light of the entries Examines literary movements, forms, and genres that also pay special attention to multi-ethnic and women writers

A Cornucopia of Dunderheads

A Cornucopia of Dunderheads
Author: John Kennedy Toole
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 420
Release: 2015-12-01
ISBN: 9780692572375
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Cornucopia of Dunderheads Book Excerpt:

WHAT MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED TO IGNATIUS J. REILLY? In this parody of A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES by John Kennedy Toole, John Kennedy Toole Jr. plunges Ignatius J. Reilly into a New York City winter wonderland, where our Falstaffian hero inadvertently becomes vice president of the Charlie Chan Chinese Fortune Cookie Company, and where he finds a recently unearthed slip of paper that contains an occult secret for overthrowing the governments of the world (in a most unusual way, of course). Ignatius's parodic adventures would not be complete without his nemesis-friend, Myrna Minkoff. Add to the mix her parents, Mr. Minkoff and Mrs. Minkoff, two inept government agents (is there a redundancy here?), Ignatius's mother, his mother's fiance, a virago or two, John Kennedy Toole, Ed Sullivan, and Myrna's concupiscent grandmother, Grandmother Horowitz, and you have the ingredients for a parody unlike any other ever written. With a foreword by Franz-Heinrich Katecki."

Butterfly in the Typewriter

Butterfly in the Typewriter
Author: Cory MacLauchlin
Publsiher: Da Capo Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2013-04-23
ISBN: 9780306821912
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Butterfly in the Typewriter Book Excerpt:

The saga of John Kennedy Toole is one of the greatest stories of American literary history. After writing A Confederacy of Dunces, Toole corresponded with Robert Gottlieb of Simon & Schuster for two years. Exhausted from Gottlieb’s suggested revisions, Toole declared the publication of the manuscript hopeless and stored it in a box. Years later he suffered a mental breakdown, took a two-month journey across the United States, and finally committed suicide on an inconspicuous road outside of Biloxi. Following the funeral, Toole’s mother discovered the manuscript. After many rejections, she cornered Walker Percy, who found it a brilliant novel and spearheaded its publication. In 1981, twelve years after the author’s death, A Confederacy of Dunces won the Pulitzer Prize. In Butterfly in the Typewriter, Cory MacLauchlin draws on scores of new interviews with friends, family, and colleagues as well as full access to the extensive Toole archive at Tulane University, capturing his upbringing in New Orleans, his years in New York City, his frenzy of writing in Puerto Rico, his return to his beloved city, and his descent into paranoia and depression.

Make em Laugh American Humorists of the 20th and 21st Centuries

Make  em Laugh  American Humorists of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Author: Zeke Jarvis
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 322
Release: 2015-04-07
ISBN: 1440829950
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Make em Laugh American Humorists of the 20th and 21st Centuries Book Excerpt:

This lighthearted and eye-opening book explores the role of comedy in cultural and political critiques of American society from the past century. • Provides a context, vocabulary, and perspective to better appreciate and understand American humor • Connects historical developments to cultural changes • Includes both academic references and popular works • Covers a wide range of artists over a variety of media • Examines and explains general trends in American comedy

Cultural Criticism 1969 1990

Cultural Criticism  1969 1990
Author: Heinz Dietrich Fischer,Erika J. Fischer
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter
Total Pages: 480
Release: 1992
ISBN: 9783598301766
Category: Reference
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cultural Criticism 1969 1990 Book Excerpt:

The School of Journalism at Columbia University has awarded the Pulitzer Prize since 1917. Nowadays there are prizes in 21 categories from the fields of journalism, literature and music. The Pulitzer Prize Archive presentsthe history of this award from its beginnings to the present: In parts A toE the awarding oftheprize in each category is documented, commented and arranged chronologically. Part F covers the history of the prize biographically and bibliographically. Part G provides the background to thedecisions.

I John Kennedy Toole

I  John Kennedy Toole
Author: Kent Carroll,Jodee Blanco
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2020-05-05
ISBN: 1643132784
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

I John Kennedy Toole Book Excerpt:

A rich new novel that explores the true story of A Confederacy Of Dunces and the remarkable life of its author, John Kennedy Toole. I, John Kennedy Toole is the novelized story of the funny, tragic, riveting narrative behind the making of an American masterpiece. The book traces Toole’s life in New Orleans through his adolescence, his stay at Columbia University in New York, his attempts to escape the burden of his demanding mother and his weak father, his retreat into a world of his own creation, and finally the invention of astonishing characters that came to living reality for both readers (and the author himself) in his prize-winning A Confederacy of Dunces. The other fascinating (and mostly unknown) part of the story is how after a decade of rebuke and dismissal the novel came to a brilliant author, Walker Percy, and a young publisher, Kent Carroll, who separately rescued the book, then published it with verve and devotion. The novel that almost never came to be went on to win a Pulitzer Prize and continues to sell at a satisfying rate as it winds its way to the 2 million mark. That audience is the happy ending for this brilliant, unrepentant writer, whose only reward before his untimely death was his unending belief in his work and his characters.

Novelistic Inquiries into the Mind

Novelistic Inquiries into the Mind
Author: Grzegorz Maziarczyk,Joanna Klara Teske
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 205
Release: 2016-09-23
ISBN: 1443814091
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Novelistic Inquiries into the Mind Book Excerpt:

Novelistic Inquiries into the Mind traces the multiple relations between the mind and the contemporary novel. The contributors here examine various types of narrative fiction, ranging from the postmodern novels of J. M. Coetzee and Ian McEwan through the experimental prose of Leslie Scalapino to the popular fiction of James Dashner and Christopher Moore. On the one hand, they investigate novelistic representations of various mind-related issues, including different states of consciousness, Alzheimer’s disease, thought experiments and formation of the self. On the other, by analysing and evaluating in these contexts such narrative devices as unreliable narration, development of conceptual networks or multimodal integration of verbal and non-verbal semiotic resources, they exemplify the multiplicity of techniques whereby the novel can explore the intricacies of mental processes. Taken together, the essays collected here demonstrate the potential of the novel as genre for representing the mind. In its exploration of the problems involved in the linguistic construction of reality, the cognitive function of art and the uncertain status of consciousness, the contemporary novel thus reflects the mind’s urge to understand itself, as well as possible meanings of its own perceptions, creations and projections.

Bowie s Books

Bowie s Books
Author: John O'Connell
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2021-09-02
ISBN: 1526646323
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bowie s Books Book Excerpt:

A TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Brilliant. The unwritten Bowie book that needed writing' CAITLIN MORAN 'Splendid. Provides plenty of evidence of Bowie's restless, rummaging intelligence, and his pleasure in the fact that books allow readers to slip into someone else's skin and try it on for size' THE TIMES 'A witty and enlightening analysis of Bowie's 100 essential books . . . A handy, amusing, light-touch precis' OBSERVER 'What is your idea of perfect happiness?' 'Reading.' 'What is the quality you most like in a man?' 'The ability to return books.' Three years before he died, David Bowie made a list of the one hundred books that had transformed his life – a list that formed something akin to an autobiography. From Madame Bovary to A Clockwork Orange, the Iliad to the Beano, these were the publications that had fuelled his creativity and shaped who he was. In Bowie's Books, John O'Connell explores this list in the form of one hundred short essays, each offering a perspective on the man, performer and creator that is Bowie, his work as an artist and the era that he lived in. Brilliantly illustrated throughout and the perfect gift for Bowie fans and book lovers, Bowie's Books is much more than a list of books you should read in your lifetime: it is a unique insight into one of the greatest minds of our times, and an indispensable part of the legacy that Bowie left behind.