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JOHN KENNEDY TOOLE: the omega point

A Confederacy of Dunces

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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.

One thing MacLauchlin doesn't touch, though, is 's ending and Ignatius' leave-taking of New Orleans. The biographer makes it clear that Toole's relationship with New York City was nearly as complicated as his relationship with his hometown. Could it be that was left open-ended with an eye toward a sequel? The thought of Ignatius Reilly lumbering through New York in the turbulent mid-1960s, laying waste to the bohemians of Greenwich Village and the serious liberals of the Upper East Side, would have made a hell of a follow-up. Since John Kennedy Toole is gone, let's hope nobody ever writes it.

One thing MacLauchlin doesn't touch, though, is 's ending and Ignatius' leave-taking of New Orleans. The biographer makes it clear that Toole's relationship with New York City was nearly as complicated as his relationship with his hometown. Could it be that was left open-ended with an eye toward a sequel? The thought of Ignatius Reilly lumbering through New York in the turbulent mid-1960s, laying waste to the bohemians of Greenwich Village and the serious liberals of the Upper East Side, would have made a hell of a follow-up. Since John Kennedy Toole is gone, let's hope nobody ever writes it.

“The John Kennedy Toole Papers”

John Kennedy Toole

Title: John Kennedy Toole: The Omega Point (2009)

Four years later, Fletcher published his own book, A Confederacy of Dunces, filled with interesting tales like the time he escorted Thelma to New York to appear with Tom Snyder on his late-night talk show. (Rarely unsure of herself, Thelma gave advice to Anthony Quinn backstage before the show.) Still: "This is a memoir, not a biography," Fletcher cautioned. "A good biography of John Kennedy Toole is yet to be written."

Four years later, Fletcher published his own book, A Confederacy of Dunces, filled with interesting tales like the time he escorted Thelma to New York to appear with Tom Snyder on his late-night talk show. (Rarely unsure of herself, Thelma gave advice to Anthony Quinn backstage before the show.) Still: "This is a memoir, not a biography," Fletcher cautioned. "A good biography of John Kennedy Toole is yet to be written."