John Kennedy Toole
John Kennedy Toole (December 17, 1937 – March 26, 1969) was an American novelist best known for his posthumously published comic novel A Confederacy of Dunces, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981.
A Confederacy of Dunces (1980, posthumous)
Quotations are cited from the 1981 Grove Press reprint.
- "Is it the part of the police department to harass me when this city is a flagrant vice capital of the civilized world?" Ignatius bellowed over the crowd in front of the store. "This city is famous for its gamblers, prostitutes, exhibitionists, anti-Christs, alcoholics, sodomites, drug addicts, fetishists, onanists, pornographers, frauds, jades, litterbugs, and lesbians, all of whom are only too well protected by graft."
- Ch. 1, p. 21
- ""With the breakdown of the Medieval system, the gods of Chaos, Lunacy, and Bad Taste gained ascendancy."
- Ch. 2, opening line
- When Fortuna spins you downward, go out to a movie and get more out of life.
- The human desire for food and sex is relatively equal. If there are armed rapes, why should there not be armed hot dog thefts?
- Ch. 7, p. 184
- You can always tell employees of the government by the total vacancy which occupies the space where most other people have faces.
- Ch. 9, p. 226
The Neon Bible
- "The war had been on for quite a while now when Poppa got his notice from the draft. He didn't have to go, but he more or less enlisted. Mother and I and Aunt Mae went down to the train to see him off, and when he left he kissed Mother and he cried, and I'd never seen a man cry before. The train pulled away, and we stood there and watched it go, and Mother kept looking long after it had passed around the hill.
- Ch. 4, opening paragraph.