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Butterfly In The Typewriter

Cory MacLauchlin

HEADIN' DOWN TO NEW ORLEANS MacLauchlin chronicles author John Kennedy Toole's early life in the South, specifically focusing on his struggles with depression

HEADIN' DOWN TO NEW ORLEANS MacLauchlin chronicles author John Kennedy Toole's early life in the South, specifically focusing on his struggles with depression

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Butterfly in the Typewriter

Genre: Biography; Author: Cory MacLauchlin; Publisher: Da Capo Press

Anyone who has read A Confederacy of Dunces can attest to the twin feelings of elation at the book’s unique vision of Americana, and disappointment that author John Kennedy Toole — who killed himself 12 years prior to being awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Confederacy — would never go on to write another novel. MacLauchlin details the author’s early life in New Orleans, where he sucked in culture and characters like a sponge, and his later struggles with publication and depression. Butterfly in the Typewriter is a dutiful account but perhaps a little too schematic and perfunctory for a man so colorful. B

Originally posted March 23 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT

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