Despondent over the rejection of his novel, committed suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning, by way of a garden hose feeding from a vehicle's exhaust into the passenger compartment. Toole's suicide note was destroyed by his mother.
Mother: Thelma Ducoing Toole
University: BA, Tulane University
University: MA, Columbia University
Professor: English, University of Southwestern Louisiana (one year)
Professor: Hunter College
Professor: Dominican College, New Orleans, LA
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1981 for A Confederacy of Dunces
Author of books:
A Confederacy of Dunces (1980, novel)
The Neon Bible (1989, novel)
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