J.P. Donleavy was born in New York City in 1926 and came to Ireland following World War II.
He is the author of eleven novels including The Ginger Man (Paris, Olympia Press, 1955); A Singular Man (Boston, Atlantic Monthly Press/LIttle Brown & Company, 1964/London, The Bodley Head, 1964); The Saddest Summer of Samuel S (New York, Delacorte Press, 1966/London, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1967).; The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B. (1970); The Onion Eaters (1971); A Fairy Tale of New York; The Destinies of Darcy Dancy, Gentleman (1979); London Adventures of Schultz; Leila; Are You Listening Rabbi Low, 1989; That Darcy, That Dancer, That Gentleman; and The Lady Who Liked Clean Restrooms (1997).
He has also written several plays, including The Ginger Man; Fairy Tale of New York; A Singular Man; The Saddest Summer of Samuel B.; and The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B.
He has published three works of non-fiction, The Unexpurgated Code: A Complete Manual of Survival & Manners; De Alphonse Tennis: The Superlative Game of Eccentric Champions; Donleavy’s Ireland: In All Her Sins and Some of Her Graces A Singular Country; and a collection of short stories, Meet My Maker the Mad Molecule.
His autobiography,The History of the Ginger Man, appeared in 1994.
He is now an Irish citizen and lives in Westmeath.
*originally contributed by Brian Malone
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