Eleven years after John Kennedy Toole's suicide, A Confederacy of Dunces is published and hailed as a masterpiece. 

In Butterfly in the Typewriter, Cory MacLauchlin brings to light this mysterious author and the remarkable story behind his beloved novel.

Cory MacLauchlin

Cory is the author of Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces.  ​His book is in pre-production for film adaptation. (IMDB)

He has written for The Daily Beast, Vice Magazine,  and The Millions. His work has appeared in HuffPost. He has been featured on BBC Radio, NPR Radio, and Investigation Discovery. He lives and teaches in Northern Virginia.

In The Press

“[A] thoughtful and thorough biography…MacLauchlin does an admirable job distinguishing facts from speculation.”

Publishers Weekly

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