A Confederacy of Dunces

Front Cover
Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Fiction - 416 pages
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“A masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue.”—The New York Times Book Review

A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole's hero, one Ignatius J. Reilly, is "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures" (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times).

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
402
4 stars
148
3 stars
152
2 stars
172
1 star
169

Funniest book ever written

User Review  - MD - Overstock.com

Purchased as Christmas gift. Wished the type was larger. Read full review

Review: A Confederacy of Dunces

User Review  - DM Dutcher - Goodreads

Take Sheldon Cooper from the television show "The Big Bang Theory." Make him grossly overweight, flatulent, a liar, a pedant, hypocritical about what he believes in, long-winded, interested in the ... Read full review

All 47 reviews »

Selected pages

Contents

One
1
Two
28
Three
58
Four
82
Five
104
Six
129
Seven
152
Eight
184
Nine
207
Ten
235
Eleven
261
Twelve
303
Thirteen
336
Fourteen
378
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

John Kennedy Toole, a native of New Orleans, graduated from Tulane University and received a master's degree in English from Columbia University. He taught at Hunter College, the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and Dominican College in New Orleans. His only other novel, The Neon Bible, is also published by Grove Press.

Bibliographic information