John Kennedy Toole was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, best known for his posthumously published, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces. He also wrote The Neon Bible. Although several people in the literary world felt his writing skills were praiseworthy, Toole's novels were rejected during his lifetime. After suffering from paranoia and depression due in part to these failures, he committed suicide at the age of 31.
Birthday: December 17, 1937