I'm dead, I hope it may be said: his sins were scarlet, but his books were
Lilliput Press, Ireland's leading independent publishing house,
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.
The book launch for The
Ginger Man Letters was held on Tuesday 11 September 2018 at
Hodges Figgis, Dublin Ireland's oldest bookstore. The featured speaker at the
launch was Dr. Sandra Collins, director of the National Library of Ireland.
Also speaking were Lilliput publisher Antony Farrell, who welcomed everyone
and delivered opening remarks, and editor Dunn who explained the backsotry of
the book - how he came to edit the letters. (See
Dunn's Irish Times article for more on the book.)
Complementing the letters is an afterword by Gainor Crist’s daughter,
Mariana, who recalls her father in loving detail.
Popping up in the letters are comments on and news of Brendan Behan, Maurice
Girodias, Susan Hampshire, Richard Harris, Patrick Kavanagh, Desmond MacNamara,
John Ryan, Susannah York and many more. The volume is richly illustrated with
period photographs and facsimiles of some of the letters.The
Ginger Man Letters
is available from The
Lilliput Press and fine book sellers.
Reviews of The Ginger Man Letters
J.P. Donleavy Compendium, by David Hartzheim
from Irish Times
The Ginger Man Letters -The Lilliput Press