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
HEADIN' DOWN TO NEW ORLEANS MacLauchlin chronicles author John Kennedy Toole's early life in the South, specifically focusing on his struggles with depression
Genre: Biography; Author: Cory MacLauchlin; Publisher: Da Capo Press
Posted January 17 2015 — 5:04 PM EST
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