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Butterfly In The Typewriter review - Cory MacLauchlin

Cory MacLauchlin

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HEADIN' DOWN TO NEW ORLEANS MacLauchlin chronicles author John Kennedy Toole's early life in the South, specifically focusing on his struggles with depression

Butterfly in the Typewriter

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Cory MacLauchlin
publisher:
Da Capo Press
genre:
Biography

We gave it a B

Anyone who has read A Confederacy of Dunces can attest to the twin feelings of elation at the book’s unique vision of Americana, and disappointment that author John Kennedy Toole — who killed himself 12 years prior to being awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Confederacy — would never go on to write another novel. MacLauchlin details the author’s early life in New Orleans, where he sucked in culture and characters like a sponge, and his later struggles with publication and depression. Butterfly in the Typewriter is a dutiful account but perhaps a little too schematic and perfunctory for a man so colorful. B

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