e-Staff Picks: Butterfly in the Typewriter by Cory MacLauchlin
CJ says: “It is astonishing that A Confederacy of Dunces, one of the most hilarious books I’ve read, was written by a man who considered himself a literary failure and took his own life at the age of 31. The novel was published years after his death, and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. MacLauchlin has taken the limited information on Toole that is available and has written an unbiased, compelling biography of his short but fascinating life. Like the characters in Dunces, the people in Toole’s life were colorful, complex, humorous and a bit sad (especially his mother, Thelma Toole). This biography is best enjoyed after reading his novel.”
The inside story of a bookseller fave.