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John Kennedy Toole

John Kennedy Toole was an American novelist from New Orleans, whose posthumously published novel A Confederacy of Dunces won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He wrote The Neon Bible. Although several people in the literary world felt his writing skills were praiseworthy, Toole's novels were rejected during his lifetime. After suffering from paranoia and depression due in part to these failures, he committed suicide at the age of 31. Toole was born to a middle-class family in New Orleans. From a young age, his mother, taught him an appreciation of culture, she was involved in his affairs for most of his life, at times they had a difficult relationship. With his mother's encouragement, Toole became a stage performer at the age of 10 doing comic impressions and acting. At 16 he wrote his first novel, The Neon Bible, which he dismissed as "adolescent". Toole received an academic scholarship to Tulane University in New Orleans. After graduating from Tulane, he studied English at Columbia University in New York while teaching at Hunter College.

He taught at various Louisiana colleges, during his early career as an academic he was valued on the faculty party circuit for his wit and gift for mimicry. His studies were interrupted when he was drafted into the army, where he taught English to Spanish-speaking recruits in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After receiving a promotion, he used his private office to begin writing A Confederacy of Dunces, which he finished at his parents' home after his discharge. Dunces is a picaresque novel featuring the misadventures of protagonist Ignatius J. Reilly, a lazy, misanthropic, self-styled scholar who lives at home with his mother, it is hailed for its accurate depictions of New Orleans dialects. Toole based Reilly in part on his college professor friend Bob Byrne. Byrne's slovenly, eccentric behavior was anything but professorial, Reilly mirrored him in these respects; the character was based on Toole himself, several personal experiences served as inspiration for passages in the novel. While at Tulane, Toole filled in for a friend at a job as a hot tamale cart vendor, worked at a family owned and operated clothing factory.

Both of these experiences were adopted into his fiction. Toole submitted Dunces to publisher Simon & Schuster, where it reached editor Robert Gottlieb. Gottlieb considered Toole talented but felt his comic novel was pointless. Despite several revisions, Gottlieb remained unsatisfied, after the book was rejected by another literary figure, Hodding Carter Jr. Toole shelved the novel. Suffering from depression and feelings of persecution, Toole left home on a journey around the country, he stopped in Biloxi, Mississippi, to end his life by running a garden hose in from the exhaust of his car to the cabin. Some years his mother brought the manuscript of Dunces to the attention of novelist Walker Percy, who ushered the book into print. In 1981, Toole was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Toole was born to Jr. and Thelma Ducoing Toole. Kennedy was the name of Thelma's grandmother; the first of the Creole Ducoing family arrived in Louisiana from France in the early 19th century, the Tooles immigrated to America from Ireland during the potato famine of the 1840s.

Toole's father worked as a car salesman, his mother, forced to give up her teaching job when she married, gave private lessons in music and dramatic expression. Toole was known to friends and family as "Ken" until the final few months of his life, when he insisted on being called John; as a child, Toole had an intense affection for his black nursemaid Beulah Matthews, who cared for him when his parents were both working. Toole's cultured mother was a controlling woman with her son, his father was less involved and sometimes complained of his lack of influence in their child's upbringing. Despite this, he and his father bonded through a mutual interest in baseball and cars. Toole's mother chose the friends he could associate with, felt his cousins on his father's side were too common for him to be around. Toole received high marks in elementary school and, from a young age, expressed a desire to excel academically, he skipped ahead a grade, after taking an IQ test at the age of six. When Toole was ten, his mother gathered a group of child stage entertainers she named the Junior Variety Performers.

The troupe, with Toole as its star, consisted of 50 children of ages. It was well-received, he engaged in other entertainment ventures, such as playing the lead in three productions of the Children's Workshop Theatre of New Orleans, MCing a radio show called Telekids, modeling for newspaper ads, developing a solo show of comic impersonations entitled Great Lovers of the World. Although an excellent student, Toole curtailed his stage work when he entered high school, to concentrate on his academic work, he wrote for the school newspaper Silver and Blue, worked on the yearbook The Tarpon, won several essay contests on subjects such as the Louisiana Purchase and the American Merchant Marine. He took up debating, a skill his father had used to win the state debate championship when he was in high school. Toole spoke at gatherings of civic organizations such as Rotary Clubs. Toole's father bought him an Oldsmobile, in which Toole was delivering newspapers at the age of 13 though the legal driving age was 15.

In high school, Toole spent a lot of time at the home of classmate Larry McGee, dated McGee's sister, Jane. Jane said that Toole never wanted to go home and would purposely spend all of his free time at the McGees'. With the McGees, Toole wou

Government Degree College Achyni Payan Peshawar

Govt Degree College Achini Payan Peshawar is a public sector college situated on Ring road near Sarhad University Peshawar in the area of Landi Akhun Ahmad village. Its name is Govt Degree College Achini Payan Peshawar but is it is not located in Achini Payan village and is situated at a distance of about 6 km from Achini Payan eastwards on Ring Road. Academic activities started for the first time in September 2017. Students of all disciplines are admitted to 1st year of FSc; the college will start its BS programme in Sept 2018. The foundation stone for Government Degree College Achyni Payan Peshawar was laid in 2012–13, it is situated in Achini Payan on Peshawar Ring road near Landi Akhun Ahmad. The campus of the college is spread over 23 Kanals of land and the current college building is constructed in 2015; the campus has a double story building containing academic block, administration block, examination hall, modern laboratories and cafeteria. To be the center of learning and quality education where all stakeholders have equal opportunities of discourse and wisdom.

To equip the students of the area with a range of practices to identify and distribute knowledge and skills in their chosen stream thereby infusing emotional investment in the shape of values and to mould them into the future leaders, entrepreneurs in diverse fields and above all into good human beings. The college has the following departments and faculties. Department of Botany Department of Chemistry Department of English Department of Health & Physical Education Department of Islamyiat Department of Library Science Department of Mathematics Department of Physics Department of Statistics Department of Urdu Department of Zoology Edwardes College Peshawar Islamia College Peshawar Government College Peshawar Government Superior Science College Peshawar Government College Hayatabad Peshawar Government Degree College Naguman Peshawar Government Degree College Mathra Peshawar Government Degree College Badaber Peshawar Government Degree College Chagarmatti Peshawar Government Degree College Wadpagga Peshawar Government Degree College Achyni Payan Peshawar Government Degree College Naguman Peshawar Official Website

Al Hurricane Jr.

Al Hurricane Jr. is an American singer-songwriter. He is known as "The Godfather’s Son" and the "The Godson" of New Mexico music, a nickname, inherited from his father Al Hurricane, considered "The Godfather" of New Mexico music, he has long been his father's protégé, he has created numerous solo albums, has contributed songs such as "Flor De Las Flores" to New Mexico's unique style of Spanish music. "Al Hurricane Jr." was born Alberto Nelson Sanchez Jr. to Alberto Nelson Sanchez and Nettie M. Fleming on October 30, 1959, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he began performing music at the age of five, performed the song Love Potion #9 during his first performance at the Albuquerque Civic Auditorium. Official website Official Al Hurricane Jr playlist on YouTube by Atlantis CDs "Al Hurricane - Official Website". Archived from the original on 2011-10-02