There's a surprising and illuminating new bio of the author, Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces, by Cory MacLauchlin now out. MacLauchlin brings to light some surprising revelations about Toole, who committed suicide before the book was published and went on to sell millions and win the Pulitzer.
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From the review: MacLauchlin puts A Confederacy of Dunces reliably in context, showing what can be shown about its author. Toole remains, however, a writer who kept his inner world hidden. The great thing he left in Confederacy is not a confession, but a performance: a novel full of vivid speech, humor, and damp, human life.