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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Louisiana State Univ. Press 2000

Set in New Orleans, this novel tells the story of the truly dreadful Ignatius Reilly, a man in revolt against the modern age. Satire and farce animate the book; tragic awareness ennobles it. Written with flawless comic flair, this is Southern Gothic at its most complete and perfect.
John Kennedy Toole was born in New Orleans. A Confederacy of Dunces won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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