born in New Orleans, educated at Tulane and at Columbia University (M.A.), served in the army and taught at colleges, but, depressed at his inability to find a publisher for his novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, committed suicide. His mother urged it on Walker Percy, who convinced a university press to print it (1980). It was soon recognized as a great comic and satirical view of the contemporary U.S., set in the raffish French Quarter of New Orleans. It won a Pulitzer Prize.
Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).