Ken and Thelma: The Story of A Confederacy of Dunces

Ken and Thelma: The Story of A Confederacy of Dunces

by Joel Fletcher

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Intimate portrait of the Pulitzer Prize winner. John Kennedy Toole�s first novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, which Walker Percy called a �gargantuan tumultuous human tragi-comedy,� became a publishing phenomenon, with almost two million copies in print worldwide in eighteen languages. The book�s outrageous protagonist, Ignatius Reilly, is an icon of contemporary American fiction. Now Ken and Thelma sheds new light on the tragic life story of the author, known as �Ken� to his friends. Drawing on his own journals and personal letters, Joel L. Fletcher re-creates his friendship with Ken in the early 1960s and his long association with Ken�s indomitable mother, Thelma Ducoing Toole, both before and after the book�s publication. Includes personal photographs, many never before published.

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ISBN-13: 9781455606986
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/31/2005
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

A native of Louisiana and a graduate of Tulane, Joel L. Fletcher worked with Toole at what is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He lived abroad in Italy, France, and England, studying and collecting art while teaching and working for the Council on International Educational Exchange and the City University of New York. Fletcher is a fine-art dealer focusing on nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American and European art.

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