Keith Staskiewicz
March 23, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Butterfly in the Typewriter

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Cory MacLauchlin
publisher
Da Capo Press
genre
Biography

We gave it a B

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

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