John Kennedy Toole

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Birthday
17, 1937
Birthplace
New Orleans, LA
Death Date
Mar 26, 1969 (31)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
17, 1937
Birthplace
New Orleans, LA
Death Date
Mar 26, 1969 (31)

About

The author of the picaresque novel, A Confederacy of Dunces (published in 1980), he committed suicide in 1969 and was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His other novel, The Neon Bible, was also published after his death.

Before Fame

He graduated from Tulane University and went on to study English at Columbia University. He was later drafted into the U.S. Army and was stationed for a time in Puerto Rico.

Trivia

His novel, The Neon Bible, was adapted into a film.

Family Life

He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to John Dewey Toole, Jr. (a car salesman) and Thelma Ducoing Toole (a teacher). His mother published his two novels-- Confederacy of Dunces and The Neon Bible-- several years after his suicide.

Associated With

He was a contemporary of fellow American author, Jerome Charyn.