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The Neon Bible

(1989)
A novel by

 
 
John Kennedy Toole--who won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for his best-selling comic masterpiece A Confederacy of Dunces--wrote The Neon Bible for a literary contest at the age of sixteen. The manuscript languished in a drawer and became the subject of a legal battle among Toole's heirs. It was only in 1989, thirty-five years after it was written and twenty years after Toole's suicide at thirty-one, that this amazingly accomplished and evocative novel was freed for publication.

The Neon Bible tells the story of David, a young boy growing up in a small Southern town in the 1940s. David's voice is perfectly calibrated, disarmingly funny, sad, shrewd, gathering force from page to page with an emotional directness that never lapses into sentimentality. Through it we share his awkward, painful, universally recognizable encounter with first love, we participate in boy evangelist Bobbie Lee Taylor's revival, we meet the pious, bigoted townspeople. From the opening lines of The Neon Bible, David is fully alive, naive yet sharply observant, drawing us into his world through the sure artistry of John Kennedy Toole.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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March 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Neon Bible
Author(s): John Kennedy Toole
ISBN: 0-670-82908-0 / 978-0-670-82908-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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May 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Neon Bible
Author(s): John Kennedy Toole
ISBN: 0-8021-1108-4 / 978-0-8021-1108-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Neon Bible
Author(s): John Kennedy Toole
ISBN: 0-8021-2886-6 / 978-0-8021-2886-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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May 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Neon Bible
Author(s): John Kennedy Toole
ISBN: 1-61185-498-9 / 978-1-61185-498-5 (USA edition)
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January 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Neon Bible
Author(s): John Kennedy Toole
ISBN: 0-8021-3207-3 / 978-0-8021-3207-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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September 1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Neon Bible
Author(s): John Kennedy Toole
ISBN: 0-14-023927-8 / 978-0-14-023927-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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May 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Neon Bible
Author(s): John Kennedy Toole
ISBN: 0-14-013987-7 / 978-0-14-013987-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Neon Bible
Author(s): John Kennedy Toole
ISBN: 0-14-012373-3 / 978-0-14-012373-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Neon Bible, The
Author(s): John Kennedy Toole
ISBN: 1-5318-2558-3 / 978-1-5318-2558-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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January 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Neon Bible
Author(s): John Kennedy Toole
Publisher: Audible Studios
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January 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Neon Bible
Author(s): John Kennedy Toole
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

May 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Neon Bible
Author(s): John Kennedy Toole
Publisher: Grove Press
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December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Neon Bible: A Novel
Author(s): John Kennedy Toole
Publisher: Grove Press
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