Friday, December 19, 2008

Happy (late) Birthday, John Kennedy Toole!


John Kennedy Toole (December 17, 1937-March 26, 1969) is known to most as the author of A Confederacy of Dunces. The Manuscripts department is the home of the John Kennedy Toole papers. One of our most heavily researched collections, the Toole papers include literary manuscript material related to A Confederacy of Dunces and The Neon Bible, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and other family papers.

John Kennedy Toole was stationed at an Army base in Puerto Rico in 1962, and during this time he began the manuscript that later became A Confederacy of Dunces. This picture was taken of Toole on base.

For more information on John Kennedy Toole and Manuscripts holdings, please see our website.


(Image of John Kennedy Toole on base in Puerto Rico. John Kennedy Toole papers, Manuscripts Collection 740, Manuscripts Department, Special Collections, Tulane University Libraries. Image may not be reproduced without permission.)

Posted by Eira Tansey.

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