John Kennedy Toole eBooks
John Kennedy Toole was born on December 17, 1937 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a very bright child, with a keen intellect and a smart wit. He skipped first grade, moving directly to second grade, after taking an intelligence test. Most likely this was the work of Toole’s mother who oversaw almost all aspects of his life, all of his life, which caused numerous conflicts.
After graduating from high school, Toole attend Tulane University in Louisiana. While still in high school, Toole went on a school trip to Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and New York City. He fell in love with New York and came home with a massive scrapbook of pictures and programs from plays, including the Rockettes. After graduating from Tulane, Toole immediately set out for New York City. Here he studied English Literature at Columbia University on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. A remarkable feat, and example of his intelligence, Toole took on all of his classes so he could graduate with his Masters degree in only one year.
A large imagination and writing went hand in hand for Toole. He acted during much of his childhood, which his mother insisted upon, and also made sure he had the star role. When he was sixteen he wrote a novel called The Neon Bible. He would later go on to write A Confederacy of Dunces.
Toole tried several times to get his novels published, yet was unsuccessful. He pronounced his first book as childish, yet rewrote his second book several times. Toole sent this manuscript to several publishers but was rejected by all. This led him to commit suicide in a small cabin deep in the woods of Georgia.