Around the Press in 80 Books: A Confederacy of Dunces

In celebration of LSUP’s 80th anniversary the staff selected 80 of our most memorable titles. Adding to our “Around the Press in 80 Books” blog series, Assistant to the Director Erica Bossier writes about A Confederacy of Dunces.

TooleDUNCES35th_jktfrontI don’t think a week goes by without some type of rights inquiry for A Confederacy of Dunces.  It is amazing how many “bests” lists of 20th century novels this title is on every year and how beloved the characters are all over the world.  It has been translated into over 27 languages and when our copies of the translations are delivered, it is fascinating to see the interpretation of the cover art from other cultures.  The book has never been out of print since its initial publication in 1980.  When I visit New Orleans I see so many things that remind me of reading this novel and it makes me smile and appreciate the book and the city even more.

To work for LSU Press, the publisher of this iconic comic novel , and to look through the files and see the story of how this book was published, and to work with our agents on subsidiary rights for this title is something I will always remember from my time at LSU Press.  We’re all looking forward to the stage version in November!

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