Aired: May 26, 2012

Butterfly in the Typewriter

A Confederacy of Dunces, by New Orleans-born John Kennedy Toole, is one of the great stories of American literature. Published almost 12 years after his tragic suicide, the book went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and became a modern classic. Cory MacLauchlin’s (Germanna Community College) new biography of Toole, Butterfly in the Typewriter, tells two stories: one of the author himself, the other of his great novel. Also featured: Harry Crews, whose Southern Gothic novels conjured a world of hard-drinking and hard-living outsiders, died in April of this year. David Jeffrey (James Madison University) has interviewed Crews at length and is the editor of A Grit’s Triumph: Essays on the Works of Harry Crews.


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