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When Walker Percy penned these prophetic words in his foreword to the first edition of A Confederacy of Dunces, he could not have known just how wide Toole's "world of readers" would become. Released by Louisiana State University Press in April 1980, A Confederacy of Dunces is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon. Turned down 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 over 1,500,000 copies in print worldwide in eighteen languages.<P>Toole's lunatic and sage novel introduces one of the most memorable characters in American literature, Ignatius Reilly, whom Percy dubs "slob extraordinary, a mad Oliver Hardy, a fat Don Quixote, a perverse Thomas Aquinas rolled into one — who is in violent revolt against the entire modern age". Ignatius' ire explodes when his mother backs her car into another automobile. The owner of the damaged vehicle insists on payment; Mrs. Reilly demands that her son cease watching television and writing in his Big Chief tablet and get a job.<P>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 presences — Ignatius and his mother; Miss Trixie, the octogenarian assistant accountant at Levy Pants; inept, wan Patrolman Mancuso; Darlene, the Bourbon Street stripper with a penchant for poultry; Jones, the jivecat in space-age dark glasses. Satire and farce animate A Confederacy of Dunces; tragic awareness ennobles it.<P>Louisiana State University Press celebrates A Confederacy of Dunces' twentieth year withthis anniversary edition, which includes a new introduction by Andrei Codrescu that examines the relationship of this modern-day classic to the city whose pulse it so brilliantly captures.


This anniversary edition of the classic novel that won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for fiction features a Foreword by Walker Percy that looks back on the history of this humorous story set in New Orleans about around a slob named Ignatius Reilly and his relationship with his mother.

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Mariposakg, February 18, 2011 (view all comments by Mariposakg)
I read this book not sure what to expect and was blown over by how awesome it is. If you have a sense of humor at all then you will no doubt find this book hilarious....every single character in this book is intriguing. The main character, Ignatius, is of course my favorite and the funniest. Socially inept and a know-it-all Ignatius blunders through the book and interacts with the characters in such a wry, witty, achingly comic way that the reader will not be able to forget him or any of the other brilliant characters. I read a lot, and I read a variety of books and if asked what one book I would recommend, it would be this riotously funny and eccentric book. Living with your mother and trying to find a job in New Orleans never was more lively and entertaining!
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Percy, Walker
Codrescu, Andrei
Introduction by:
Codrescu, Andrei
Codrescu, Andrei
Toole, John Kennedy
Percy, Walker
Louisiana State University Press
Baton Rouge :
Mothers and sons
Humorous Stories
New orleans
Young men
New Orleans (La.)
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
20th anniversary ed.
Series Volume:
v. 5
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9.23x6.25x1.18 in. 1.48 lbs.

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