John Kennedy Toole

The story of John Kennedy Toole is a cautionary one. For years he struggled to get his novel ‘A Confederacy Of Dunces’ published. Following his suicide, it took his mother another eleven years to find a publisher. The following year it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

If you’re thinking of giving up, then don’t. As Thomas Edison said: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Update 2nd March, 2015: Nick Offerman, of ‘Parks and Recreation’ fame, is to take the lead part, playing Ignatius J Reilly in a stage adaptation of ‘A Confederacy Of Dunces’.

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