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John Kennedy Toole

John Kennedy TooleBorn: 7-Dec-1937
Birthplace: New Orleans, LA
Died: 26-Mar-1969
Location of death: Biloxi, MS
Cause of death: Suicide [1]
Remains: Buried, Greenwood Cemetery, New Orleans, LA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Novelist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: A Confederacy of Dunces

Military service: US Army (1961-63)


[1] 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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