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Ken and Thelma: The Story of A Confederacy of Dunces
     

Ken and Thelma: The Story of A Confederacy of Dunces

by Joel Fletcher
 

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"The book is not autobiography; neither is it altogether invention. . . . I am not in the book; I've never pretended to be. But I am writing about things that I know, and in recounting these, it's difficult not to feel them."--John Kennedy Toole, on his then-unpublished novel, A Confederacy of Dunces

Before it won the Pulitzer Prize and became an international

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"The book is not autobiography; neither is it altogether invention. . . . I am not in the book; I've never pretended to be. But I am writing about things that I know, and in recounting these, it's difficult not to feel them."--John Kennedy Toole, on his then-unpublished novel, A Confederacy of Dunces

Before it won the Pulitzer Prize and became an international bestseller, A Confederacy of Dunces was a huge, challenging manuscript by an unknown New Orleans professor named John Kennedy Toole. In Ken and Thelma, author Joel L. Fletcher recalls, with the help of personal letters and his contemporary journals, his friendship with Toole--known as Ken--during the early 1960s, when Ken completed and tried to publish his masterpiece.
Mr. Fletcher also writes revealingly about many of the people who influenced Ken, including Bobby Byrne, who many believe inspired the character of Ignatius Reilly; Robert Gottlieb, who championed, then rejected, the manuscript; and finally Thelma Ducoing Toole, whose perseverance in getting her son's novel published after his death is legendary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589802964
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/31/2005
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

A native of Louisiana and a graduate of Tulane, Joel L. Fletcher worked with Toole at what is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He lived abroad in Italy, France, and England, studying and collecting art while teaching and working for the Council on International Educational Exchange and the City University of New York. Fletcher is a fine-art dealer focusing on nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American and European art.

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