THELMA D. TOOLE COLLECTION
Earl K. Long Library
Size: 9 items (videotapes)
Inclusive dates: 1982
Summary: Videotaped interviews of Thelma
Ducoing Toole (died August 17, 1984) reminiscing about her son, John Kennedy
Toole (1937 - 1969), author of A
Confederacy of Dunces (Baton Rouge, 1980).
W. Kenneth Holditch (Professor of English) conducted the interviews, and
videotape recordings of same were edited by Michael J. Adler (Television
Production Manager, Audio-Visual Center), Barbara B. Coleman (Assistant
Professor of Drama and Communication), and David A. Dillon (Associate Librarian). Interviews culminated in videotape
production, I Walk in the World for My
Son: An Interview with Thelma Ducoing Toole (©1983 University of
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According to Literature Resource Center, John Kennedy Toole was born in 1937 in
While stationed with the Army in
Percy recommended A Confederacy of Dunces to Louisiana State University Press, a scholarly publisher that had accepted only a few novels in the past. The book was published in the spring of 1980, and by summer Toole was, posthumously, a successful author, critically and commercially. Confederacy went through five printings, a total of 45,000 hardcover copies--an amazing number for an academic press. The novel was selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club, Grove Press bought the paperback rights, and Twentieth Century-Fox bought the movie rights. The hardcover edition made local best-seller lists in several cities, and the Grove edition was number one on the New York Times trade paperback best-seller list for over a month. To cap the book's success, it received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1981. Subsequently Toole’s earlier novel, The Neon Bible, was published (Grove Press, 1989), but it never achieved Confederacy’s success.
For further information about John Kennedy Toole and Thelma Ducoing Toole, see Joel Fletcher, Ken and Thelma: The Story of A Confederacy of Dunces (Pelican, 2005), and Renée Pol Nevils and Deborah George Hardy, Ignatius Rising: The Life of John Kennedy Toole (LSU Press, 2001).
Two, sixty minute, master videos in color, comprising parts 1 and 2 of the production, I Walk in the World for My Son: An Interview With Thelma Ducoing Toole.
Six, twenty minute, unedited videotapes in color, and one, thirty minute, unedited videotape in color recorded in the production of aforecited master videotapes.
Three sheets of handwritten questions and notes for three of the unedited videotapes.
Master Videotapes of I Walk in the World for My Son: An Interview With Thelma Ducoing Toole.
173-1 Part 1 (one 60 minute videotape).
173-2 Part 2 (one 60 minute videotape).
173-9 Unedited videotapes of Thelma Ducoing Toole (six 20-minute videotapes; one 30-minute videotape).
173-10 Handwritten questions and notes in unknown hand (3 sheets, n.d.).
Confederacy of Dunces, A (book)
Holditch, W. Kenneth
I Walk in the World for My Son (videorecording)
Toole, John Kennedy
Toole, Thelma Ducoing