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												A Confederacy of Dunces. by  John Kennedy; Foreword by Walker Percy Toole
	 - Signed First Edition
			 - 1980
		 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 99733)

A Confederacy of Dunces.

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A Confederacy of Dunces.

by Toole, John Kennedy; Foreword by Walker Percy

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Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1980. First edition of the author's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Walker Percy on the title page, who wrote the foreword and upon his insistence had it published. Fine in near fine first issue dust jacket with light rubbing and shelfwear. Jacket illustration by Ed Lindlof. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example, uncommon signed. A masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue" (The New York Times Book Review). The book's passage to success began in 1976 when John Kennedy Toole's mother Thelma, using a walker, hobbled into the office of the novelist Walker Percy at Loyola University. She was followed by a chauffeur carrying a manuscript that she told Mr. Percy was a ''masterpiece.'' Percy agreed to read it. He became entranced and decided that the novel was ''a major achievement, a huge comic-satiric-tragic one-of-a-kind rendering of life in New Orleans.'' After some more publishers rejected the book, Louisiana State University Press agreed to take a chance with a first printing of just 2,500 copies. It sold about 50,000 copies in hard cover and nearly 600,000 in paperback within three years of publication.

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A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel written by John Kennedy Toole, published in 1980, 11 years after the author's suicide. The book was published through the efforts of writer Walker Percy (who also contributed a revealing foreword) and Toole's mother Thelma Toole, quickly becoming a cult classic, and later a mainstream success. Toole posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981. It is now considered a canonical work of modern Southern literature.

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bookseller
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
99733
Title
A Confederacy of Dunces.
Author
Toole, John Kennedy; Foreword by Walker Percy
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Louisiana State University Press
Place of Publication
Baton Rouge
Date Published
1980
Keywords
A Confederacy of Dunces First Edition, A Confederacy of Dunces Signed First Edition

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clamshell box
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fine
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