Joel L. Fletcher papers, 1960-2006 (bulk, 1990-2006)


Joel L. Fletcher papers, 1960-2006 (bulk, 1990-2006)

This collection consists of Joel L. Fletcher's correspondence, typescript drafts of published writings, programs, brochures, clippings, transcripts of conversations, annotated galley proofs of his own and others' writings, printed material, photographs, and audio recordings. Much of the later correspondence is in the form of printed e-mail; letters dating from the 1960s include original handwritten letters from John Kennedy Toole and others in their literary circle. The items in this collection primarily involve the writing and publishing of Joel Fletcher's book, Ken and Thelma, a memoir dealing with his friendship with John Kennedy Toole and with Toole's mother, Thelma. The memoir specifically focuses on the story behind the posthumous publication of Toole's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, A Confederacy of dunces. This collection also includes a galley of Ignatius rising, an alternate work by René Pol Nevils, dealing with Toole's life, with annotations by Joel Fletcher.

3 linear feet (6 boxes)

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Toole, John Kennedy, 1937-1969 (person)

John Kennedy Toole was born in New Orleans in 1937 and graduated from Tulane University. He earned a master's degree from Columbia University. He served in the army and later taught at Hunter College, the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette), and Dominican College. Toole commited suicide in 1969. In 1981 he was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel A Confederacy of Dunces. From the description of John Kennedy Tool...

Nevils, René Pol (person)

Toole, Thelma (person)

Fletcher, Joel L. (person)

Joel L. Fletcher was born in Lafayette, La., in 1935, remaining there through high school. In 1957, he received his B.A. degree from Tulane University. Between 1957 and 1960, he served as a gunnery officer aboard the carrier U.S.S. Bennington. During 1960-1961 he pursued graduate study at Stanford University, and then independent study in Italy, France, and England. From 1963-1967 he directed the American Language School in Florence, Italy. He lived extensively in Europe, working in the fields o...