PW's Best Summer Reads 2012, 6/8/12 Kirkus Reviews, 3/15/12 "[MacLauchlin] cleanly lays out the brief life of his subject and his work's unlikely afterlife...A valuable biography" BookPage, April Issue "[A] highly readable biography...It does an impressive job filling in the gaps and helping readers better understand this complex writer." Yahoo! Shine, 3/18/12 "Author Cory MacLauchlin provides a well-documented, highly objective, step-by-step track of Toole's too-short life." San Diego Union Tribune, 3/30/12 "A complete telling of the sad but triumphant story...The life that unfolds here is full of contrasts: laughter and pain, popularity and isolation, failure and success." LitReactor.com, 4/11 "In addition to being the most comprehensive and accurate biography about the man so far, it's also a gripping read" Blurt-Online, 4/19/12 "An impressive new biography...MacLauchlin makes Toole come alive by providing illuminating glimpses into his life and clearing up much of the fog surrounding his death." Publishers Weekly, 4/23/12 "[A] thoughtful and thorough biography...MacLauchlin does an admirable job distinguishing facts from speculation." New City, 5/1/12 "Butterfly in the Typewriter is as close to unraveling the enigma of the often-mysterious John Kennedy Toole as we are ever likely to read, and his story makes for an engrossing read." Shepherd Express, 5/2/12 "A fascinating account of Toole's short, intense life...For anyone carrying more than a passing interest in A Confederacy of Dunces, this bio is, of course, a must-read." Cleveland Plain Dealer, 5/11/12 "For anybody who has faced rejection (and who hasn't?), this book contains a lifetime worth of wisdom." Buffalo News, 5/6/12 "This is a sad story well-told" Deep South Magazine,6/1/12 "MacLauchlin has created a book that is literary, erudite and accessible all at the same time. He has married scholarship with storytelling, which is not an easy feat." Atlanta Journal Constitution, 5/29/12 "Cory MacLauchlin's fair-minded biography unpacks one myth at a time...Along with its portrait of a complicated, conflicted and flawed young writer, Butterfly in the Typewriter provides a comprehensive look at Toole's childhood, college years, his army posting in Puerto Rico and his lifelong love affair with New Orleans." Winnipeg Free Press, 5/27/12 "A balanced and sensitive biography of Toole, is very much the stuff of movies" Washington Times, 6/8/12 "[An] exhaustive biography...Required reading for anyone interested in this enigmatic literary figure; indeed, in Southern literature in general." VanityFair.com, 7/25/12 "It's an exhaustively researched chronicle of the remarkable life of John Kennedy O'Toole...MacLauchlin's story...is heartbreaking...I implore you to read the novel and A Butterfly in the Typewriter now, to meet the man and Ignatius yourself before it's too late." Library Journal, 8/03/12 "The reader experiences the life and death of Toole, as well as the amazing journey that the manuscri
About the Author
Cory MacLauchlin is a producer, biographer, and member of the English Faculty at Germanna Community College. He lives in northern Virginia with his wife and son.