"On the land
A plant
On the plant
A leaf.
This man
Ate
The leaf."


- J.P. Donleavy from The Ginger Man

J.P. Donleavy Ephemera

by David Hartzheim

J.P. Donleavy ephemera is rare and takes a good deal of effort to ferret out. Fortunately, the Compendium has had the invaluable help of Bill Dunn, Bob Mitchell, Hanne Behrens, John F. O'Mahony, Janne Salminen, Andrew Schuman, Gareth Griffiths, Wendy Barrie-Wilson, Charles Carter and many others in gathering many of the items shown here.

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Programme from the World Premiere performance of The Ginger Man at the Fortune Theatre, London, September 15, 1959. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Books & Misc.

Poster from the first Dublin production of The Ginger Man, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, October 26, 1959, which created a row:  Donleavy's full account of the opening and forced closing of the play on "moral" grounds is chronicled in his introduction to the published play, titled "What They Did in Dublin."  (The same piece has appeared in periodicals under the title, "What They Did in Dublin With The Ginger Man.")

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Programme from the London revival of The Ginger Man (First Night sticker affixed). Opened at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon on November 5, 1963, then moved to the Royal Court Theatre, London on November 20, 1963.

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Standard programme from the London revival of The Ginger Man opened at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon on November 5, 1963, then moved to the Royal Court Theatre, London on November 20, 1963. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

Programme from the US Premiere of The Ginger Man, at the Orpheum Theatre, New York, which opened November 21, 1963. This was well-received by audiences but its run was cut short as it opened on the night before the JFK assassination.This entry to the compilation was contributed by the late Leo Garen.

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Poster from The Ginger Man at the Royal Court Theatre, made later in the run after Anna Gilcrist had taken over the role of Marion Dangerfield from Susan Hampshire, Susan having film commitments.

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Programme from The Ginger Man, Stage Society Theatre, Los Angeles, July 28, 1965. Programme is contained within The Playgoer magazine. Speacial thanks to Bob Mitchell for contributing this entry to the compilation.

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Director Robert Angus' working script from the Stage Society production of The Ginger Man with signed certificate of authenticity. Special thanks to Bob Mitchell for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Programme from the Deutches Schauspielhaus production of The Ginger Man, December, 1991, Hamburg, Germany. Special thanks to Hanne Behrens for contributing this entry to the compilation.

Programme from the White Bear Theatre production of The Ginger Man, May 2 - 28, 1995, Kennington, UK. Special thanks to Gareth Griffiths for contributing this entry to the compilation.

Programme from the reading given by JPD, Royal Court Theatre, London - Sunday, May 7, titled "Molecules From a Singular Man." Readings from The Ginger Man and other works. The event was sponsored by Penguin Books and E&S Books. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Programme from the Dublin Theatre Company production of The Ginger Man, May - June, 2000, The Irish Arts Center, New York. Special thanks to Bob Mitchell for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Promotional postcard from the Dublin Theatre Company production of The Ginger Man, May - June, 2000, The Irish Arts Center, New York.Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

 

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Programme from the World Premiere of Fairy Tales of New York, Pembroke Theatre-in-the-Round, Croydon, Surrey, UK, December 6, 1960. Special thanks to director Philip Wiseman for contributing this entry to the compilation.

Programme from the Comedy Theatre production of Fairy Tales of New York, London, January 24, 1961. Special thanks to Bob Mitchell for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Programme from the Victoria Theatre in the Round, Hartshill, UK production of Fairy Tales of New York, Nov. 17, 1964.

Programme from the Soho Repertory Theatre performance of Fairy Tales of New York, US Premiere, New York 1981. Special thanks to Jerry Engelbach for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Script from the only known attempt to produce The Saddest Summer of Samuel S in the late 60s. The play was to open Off-Broadway at The New Theatre, but the producer suffered medical problems and the production was shut down. Special thanks to Bob Mitchell for providing this entry to the compilation.
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Programme for the Bradford Civic Playhouse production of Fairy Tales of New York, The Civic, Main Theatre, Little Germany Bradford West Yorkshire, UK June 13-18, 1966. The theatre has now become The Priestley. Special thanks to Roger Beaumont for providing this entry to the compilation.
Programme from the Comedy Theatre Production of A Singular Man, London, October 21, 1964. Special thanks to Bob Mitchell for providing this entry to the compilation.

Programme from the Duke of York's Theatre production of The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B, London, September 30, 1981. Special thanks to Dr. Andrew Schuman for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Programme from the Virginia Stage Company Production of The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B, US Premiere, Norfolk, Virginia, Oct 9-26, 1985. Special thanks to Wendy Barrie-Wilson for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Promotional postcard for a reading of The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B given in NYC by the Virginia Stage Company cast. Special thanks to Wendy Barrie-Wilson for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Programme from revival production of The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B, Duke of York's Theatre Production, London 1982. Cast change, role of Beefy from Simon Callow to Billy Connolly.
Promotional poster from the Duke of York's production of The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B. Special thanks to Dr. Andrew Schuman for providing this entry to the compilation.
Promotional poster from the Duke of York's revival production of The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B. Special with Billy Connolly in the role of Beefy. Thanks to Dr. Andrew Schuman for providing this entry to the compilation.
Promotional flyer from the Duke of York's production of The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B. Special thanks to Dr. Andrew Schuman for providing this entry to the compilation.

Promotional flyer from the Duke of York's production of The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B. Special thanks to Dr. Andrew Schuman for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Promotional pamphlet for the Duke of York's production of The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B. Special thanks to Dr. Andrew Schuman for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Promotional poster from first run of Duke of York's production of The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B. Special thanks to Dr. Andrew Schuman for providing this entry to the compilation.

Catalogue from first exhibition, Stephen's Green Gallery, Dublin 1948. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Price list from Stephen's Green Gallery exhibition, Dublin 1948. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Catalogue from Stephen's Green Gallery exhibit, Dublin, March 1950. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Catalogue from Steven's Green Gallery exhibition, Dublin, June 1950. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Catalogue from Stephen's Green Gallery exhibition, Dublin 1951. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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The cover of the catalogue of the Stephen's Green exhibition 1951 contains a short piece written by JPD, taken from his notes and letters. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Catalogue from the Godolphin Gallery show, Dublin November, 1986. Special thanks to Bob Mitchell for providing this entry to the compilation.

Back cover of the Godolphin Gallery show catalogue.

Promotional postcard (signed) from an exhibition at the Caldwell Gallery, Belfast. Card features a self-portrait of JPD in watercolour and ink. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Promotional flyer from the 1989 exhibition at the Anna-Mei Chadwick Gallery, London. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Invitation to the Anna-Mei Chadwick Gallery 1989 exhibition. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Catalogue from the exhibition at the Anna-Mei Chadwick Gallery, June 1950, London. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Invitation to thes Anna-Mei Chadwick Gallery show June 1994, London. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Catalogue from the Walton Gallery exhibition, March 2002. Special thanks to Bob Mitchell for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Invitation to the Walton Gallery exhibition, March 2002. Special thanks to Bob Mitchell for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Catalogue from the Molesworth Gallery exhibition, Dublin, February 7-20, 2006. Special thanks to Damien Matthews for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Display ad for the Molesworth Gallery exhibition, 2006. Special thanks to Damien Matthews for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Ad for the Molesworth Gallery show, 2006. Special thanks to Damien Matthews for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Catalogue from the National Arts Club exhibition, NYC, 2007. Special thanks to J.P. Donleavy and Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

Announcement for Molesworth Gallery exhibition, 2008. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Catalogue from Molesworth Gallery exhibition, 2008. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation. Photo by Bobbie Hanvey.

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Promotional poster for Molesworth Gallery show, 2008. Special thanks to Charles Carter for providing this entry to the compilation. Photo by Bobbie Hanvey.
Invitation to the Molesworth Gallery exhibition, 2008. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

Last page of The Ginger Man handwritten by JPD and donated to a charity auction. Special thanks to Bob Mitchell for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Invitation to a De Alfonce Tennis doubles match, Edinburgh, 1998. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Invitation to a De Alfonce Tennis doubles match, Edinburgh, 1998. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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RSVP card for a De Alfonce Tennis doubles match, Edinburgh, 1998. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

Ad for J.P. Donleavy's published catalogue placed by his publisher, Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence.

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Invitation extended by the Directors of Viking and Penguin to attend the launch of The History of The Ginger Man at The Atrium,
Trinity College, 26 May 1994. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Promo postcard with details of The Dublin Theatre Company's revival of The Ginger Man, 8 July - 28 August, 1999 at The New Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Inside spread of invitation to the book launch party for The Saddest Summer of Samuel S held at The Ginger Man bar, New York City 1966. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Back and front covers of invitation to the book launch party for The Saddest Summer of Samuel S held at The Ginger Man bar, New York City 1966. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Press release from Delacorte Press for the publication of Leila, the second book in the Darcy Dancer trilogy October 14, 1983. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Tickets to a Pen-Falkner reading by JPD, March 11 1994 Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

Invitation to March, 1950 art exhibition at Stephen's Green Gallery. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Tickets to the Irish Arts Center, New York City, 2000 for The Ginger Man, performed by the Dublin Theatre Company. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.
Promotional bookmark for Zencefil Adam, Turkish translation of The Ginger Man, 2006. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.
Promotional coffee cup for the Molesworth Gallery show, 2008. Special thanks to Charles Carter for providing this entry to the compilation.

Promo on stiff card. Part of press kit sent out by Houghton Mifflin, 1994. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Invitation to a De Alfonce Tennis challenge match between JPD and Philippe Sollers, Paris, 1986. One Paris newspapter proclaimed, J.P. is better than McEnroe. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Press release from Atlantic Monthly Press announcing their lineup of JPD books June, 1988. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Promotional card. Part of the A Singular Country publicity kit sent out to editiors and reviewers from W. W. Norton & Co., 1990. Special thanks to Bill Dunn for providing this entry to the compilation.

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Ad for Stephens Green Gallery exhibition, Dublin June, 1950.

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Official uniform of De Alfonce Tennis with logo on pocket. Graciously given to the Editor by Bob Mitchell.

Trade ad taken out by Dell Publishing (paperback publisher of Delacorte Press catalogue), circa 1960s.

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J.P. Donleavy, 1965
Unkown promo piece for The Ginger Man. Printed are the first and last sentences of the book.

Poster for JPD reading at Ty Llen, Somerset Place, Swansea Wales, Sat. 17th June 1994

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Promotional book mark for J.P. Donleavy, advertising The Ginger Man,The Saddest Summer of Samuel S, Meet My Maker the Mad Molecule and A Singular Man. Put out by his then UK publisher, Penguin Books Middlesex. Printing date ?