On this day in 1969 author John Kennedy Toole committed suicide by running a garden hose from his car's exhaust pipe into its window. Toole is best known for his comedic masterpiece A Confederacy of Dunces, a novel he completed in 1964 but was unable to get published in his lifetime. It was not until 1980, eleven years after his suicide, that A Confederacy of Dunces was finally published. A year later Toole was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Being dead made it difficult for Toole to follow up on the success of Dunces, and it was another nine years before his second and final novel The Neon Bible was released.
Key Library Checkouts:
A Confederacy of Dunces - Rory Gilmore once flirted in front of a poster of this book's cover. There is no greater endorsement.
The Neon Bible - Toole was just 16 years old when he wrote this coming of age novel. It holds up incredibly well though, and a film adaptation was even made in 1995.
Posted by Grahm Underwood, Library Clerk