Following Toole's suicide, his mother sought out author Walker Percy and insisted that he read the manuscript of A Confederacy of Dunces. Epigraph—A quotation or aphorism at the beginning of a literary work suggestive of a theme. Indeed, the first paragraph often suffices.
Upon reaching adulthood, both Ignatius and Toole spent several years at universities, earning prestigious degrees and teaching classes, although neither achieved success during his lifetime. A memorable and much-quoted line in The Master and Margarita is: "manuscripts don't burn".
Is fascinated with Ignatius.
Ignatius Reilly has got to be one of the most off-putting main characters in modern literature, but this hygenically-challenged intellectual oaf has something in common with a soap-opera vixen: you love to hate him. Is a reader left dissatisfied and undernourished if a character makes it through a book epiphany-free?
Neither book was published during Toole's lifetime. Reilly's new best friend and aunt of Patrolman Mancuso.
The characters are what make this novel, they are all connect by some way or other and end up affecting each other most of the time without even knowing it.