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"Writing is turning life's worst moments into money." - J.P. Donleavy
RIP J.P. Donleavy: The Bawdy Bard
leaves us but his work will endure...

J.P. Donleavy died Monday, September 11, 2017 in Mullingar, Ireland at age 91. He is mourned by family, son Philip and daughter Karen, and by friends and fans world wide. It's with a heavy heart I write this eulogy; Mr. Donleavy (Mike to his friends) was a big part of my life. I began the JPDC in 1998 and have searched the web high and low to find everything I could on all aspects of JPD's works and life style. I have a lot to update now to conform to JPD's passing.

For obituaries in the press, I've provided PDFs of the various articles that I've found. I'm using PDFs as there's no way in telling how long the papers will keep the articles on their sites.Some of these PDFs aren't much more than the headlines since some papers use "paywalls" to cut off the article, requiring subscribing to the paper in order to read the entire piece. The majority of papers don't use a paywall and they cover well what the forced-subscription papers withhold.

I'm not going to capsulize JPD's life and creative career since indepth information already exists on the site.

J.P. Donleavy Bio Pieces within the Compendium by Donleavy Archivist Bill Dunn

Chronology: The Donleavy Years (a comprehensive biography)
Adventures In Making The Ginger Man

Portrait of the Writer as an Artist
His Sporting Life: The Athlete J.P. Donleavy
The Agrarian Reforms of Organic Farmer J.P. Donleavy

J.P. Donleavy Obituaries In the Media

L.A. Times / Washington Post / New York Times - New York Times 2nd article
Boston Herald
/ BBC News / RTÉ ie / Irish Times - Irish Times 2nd article - Irish Times 3rd article IrishTimes article by Bill Dunn
/ The Gazette (Denver) / The Times / WPXI News
San Francisco Gate
/ The Chicago Tribune / Buzz ie / The Guardian / AJC / The Telegraph Independent ie - Independent ie 2 / Irish Central / Irish News /
USNews / The Charlotte Observer / Journal IE Newsday / Newsmax / Standard-Examiner / Westmeath Examiner / Austin360 / Star-Herald thestraightstimes / The Herald / Press Herald (Portland) / The Houston Chronicle / Miami Herald
The Sacramento Bee
/ San Diego Union Tribune / The Star World News / Irish America / The Irish Post Broadsheet ie. / Extra ie. / Trinity College, Dublin News & Events / Independent ie. Opinion
Midlands 103

The Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, pays tribute to JP Donleavy. The Minister expressed her sadness on hearing of the passing of JP Donleavy.

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J.P. Donleavy earns doctorate from
Trinity College, Dublin
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"Sixty-seven years after Donleavy left TCD without a degree, Trinity College overlooked his incomplete academic record and focused instead on his many accomplishments since then, awarding him at age 90 a Doctorate
of Letters (Litt.D.) at the commencement June 24, 2016. Donleavy was one of six receiving honorary degrees that day..."
Full story by Bill Dunn

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J.P. Donleavy receives the Bob Hughes Lifetime
Acheivement Award
The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, November, 2015 presented J.P. Donleavy with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achie vement Award for his outstanding contribution to modern literature.

The Lilliput Press presents a new series of e-books by J.P. Donleavy. This digital treasure trove consists of Donleavy best-sellers and re-published works too long out of print. Go to the E-books page for details.
Ireland's leading independent publishing house
Here Now!
The Ginger Man Letters
J.P. Donleavy, Gainor Crist and A.K. Donoghue Correspondence
Photo: IrishTmes
Photo: IrishTmes
And Coming in 2019:
A Letter Marked Personal
J.P. Donleavy's Latest Novel
Now scheduled to be on the market in 2019, The Lilliput Press, Ireland's leading independent publishing house, will publish the novel A Letter Marked Personal, J.P. Donleavy's last book. Check The Compendium for publication date particulars as they develop.
Editor, Bill Dunn

Fom The Lilliput Press, Ireland's leading independent publishing house, comes The Ginger Man Letters.The book is a collection of correspondence between JPD and Gainor Steven Crist and JPD and Arthur Kenneth Donoghue. Crist and Donoghue, friends from Trinity days, were the inspirations for Sebastian Dangerfield and Kenneth O'Keefe respectively, the principal characters in The Ginger Man. Two-hundred, twenty letters have been selected by the book's editor, the top J.P. Donleavy authority, close friend and archivist, Bill Dunn, from over 600 in the J.P. Donleavy archive.

For continued text, reviews and other related links go to
The Ginger Man Letters Page.

Gainor Steven Crist
J.P. Donleavy
A.K. Donoghue

" If there's a sickness in American life it's the lack of materialism."
- J.P. Donleavy

Special 60th anniversary editions of
J.P. Donleavy's classic The Ginger Man
The Lilliput Press has published a deluxe edition of the classic The Ginger Man, signed by the author, limited to 200 numbered copies and in a fine slip case. A hardcover trade edition has also been issued. Contact The Lilliput Press for orders.

The books have a forward by actor Johnny Depp, an introduction by novelist Sean O' Reilly, an illustrated essay on the "The Publishing Odyssey of The Ginger Man" by bibliographer and archivist Bill Dunn and an afterward titled "Meeting Donleavy: A Picnic in Westmeath" by the late film producer Bob Mitchell. The books also include an exchange of letters between J.P. Donleavy and Arland Ussher, a selection of archival photographs of Dublin
and Trinity College in the early 1950s and photos of pages from the original Ginger Man manuscript.

The Lilliput Press hosted a Ginger Man 60th anniversary book launch at the Pavilion Bar, Trinity College, Dublin on July 17th, 2015. For photos and details by JP Donleavy's archivist, Bill Dunn, and event eyewitness go to The Ginger Man book launch page.

Visit the new
J.P. Donleavy Picture Gallery

See the new
Artists Depict
J.P. Donleavy
Chronology: The Donleavy Years by Bill Dunn (a comprehensive biography by JP Donleavy's archivist) Adventures in Making The Ginger Man