The author from the picaresque novel, A Confederacy of Dunces (published in 1980), he committed suicide in 1969 and was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His additional book, The Neon Bible, was also released after his loss of life. He graduated from Tulane University or college and continued to study British at Columbia University or college. He was later on drafted in to the U.S. Military and was stationed for a while in Puerto Rico. His book, The Neon Bible, was modified right into a film. He was created in New Orleans, Louisiana to John Dewey Toole, Jr. (an automobile salesman) and Thelma Ducoing Toole (a instructor). His mom released his two books– Confederacy of Dunces as well as the Neon Bible– many years after his suicide. He was a modern of fellow American writer, Jerome Charyn.