Toole in Washington, DC. May 1954. Courtesy of Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University. Edited by Joseph Sanford.
Today, December 17th, would have been John Kennedy Toole’s 75th birthday. Over the past few months I have been contemplating one of the more chilling stories about his untimely end. And while I hesitate to explore the events leading up to his death on the anniversary of his birth, the story clearly illustrates how the tragedy of his suicide never really overshadows the brilliance of his life.
The Daily Beast published the story here.
Happy Birthday Professor Toole!