Confederacy of Dunces

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Standing in the doorway of the old building in the 800 block of Canal Street is a statue of Ignatius J. Reilly, the main character in the book CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES. The building is the old D.H. Holmes department store that figures prominently in the book. Thelma Toole was successful in securing a publisher for her son John Kennedy Toole's book after his death from suicide in May of 1969. Toole was despondent, 31 years old, unable to secure a publisher, and considered himself a failure. His book won a posthumous Pulitizer Prize ten years after his death. It is a must read for anyone interested in the delightful subculture of New Orleans.