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Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Second Printing

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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Louisiana State University Press 1980. "Second Printing" stated. ISBN 0807106577. Hard cover with dust jacket. DUST JACKET: Price-clipped. With Walker Percy review on the back panel. Has edge wear, a couple of 1/4" tears on the back of the spine on top. Now protected with a mylar dj cover. BOOK: Light cover edge wear. Slightly cocked. Has a light brown stain on the bottom of the page block with some shelf soiling there. Stain does not bleed onto the page surfaces. Previous owner bookplate inside front cover. Otherwise, there are no previous owner markings. Binding is tight with no looseness to the pages. Pages are flat without creases, folds or dog-earing. Not ex-library, not remaindered, not a facsimile reprint. Photos available on request. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. BK22a

"John Kennedy Toole (/ˈtuːl/; December 17, 1937 – March 26, 1969) was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, whose posthumously published novel A Confederacy of Dunces won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He also wrote The Neon Bible. Although several people in the literary world felt his writing skills were praiseworthy, Toole's novels were rejected during his lifetime. After suffering from paranoia and depression due in part to these failures, he committed suicide at the age of 31.

Dunces is a picaresque novel featuring the misadventures of protagonist Ignatius J. Reilly, a lazy, obese, misanthropic, self-styled scholar who lives at home with his mother. It is hailed for its accurate depictions of New Orleans dialects. Toole based Reilly in part on his college professor friend Bob Byrne. Byrne's slovenly, eccentric behavior was anything but professorial, and Reilly mirrored him in these respects. The character was also based on Toole himself, and several personal experiences served as inspiration for passages in the novel." - Wikipedia