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J.P. Donleavy
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Davy Byrnes bar, Dublin.
This listing is compiled in chronological order by publication date. As with all bibliography sections contained in this site, it is a work in progress, and all contributions (be they additions or corrections) are most welcome. Most newer editions are available from major booksellers, such as those listed on the J.P. Donleavy Buyers' Guide page. Some small press editions are available directly from the supplier, and when links to these sources are available, they appear within the listing.

The Beat Generation & the Angry Young Men

Gene Feldman & Max Garenberg, eds. | Cloth | The Ciadel Press, New York, 1958 - 384 pages

Contains the scene "The Interview" from the Donleavy play Fairy Tales of New York. Contributors include Jack Kerouac, Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg, Colin Wilson, John Osborne and many others.

Protest: The Beat Generation & the Angry Young Men

Gene Feldman & Max Garenberg, eds. | Cloth | Souvenir Press, London, 1959 - 384 pages

UK edition of the above listed title, containing the scene "The Interview" from the Donleavy play Fairy Tales of New York as well as the same assortment of contributions by other authors.

The Beat Generation & the Angry Young Men

Gene Feldman & Max Garenberg, eds. | Wraps | Dell, New York, 1959 - 416 pages

First US paperback edition. Same contents as hardcover edition, containing the scene "The Interview" from the Donleavy play Fairy Tales of New York.

To purchase books by J.P. Donleavy, go to the Buyers' Guide.

Love Around the World

No editor listed and no introduction or forward. | Wraps | Berkley, New York, January 1959 - 158 pages

This collection contains an excerpt from The Ginger Man, titled for the anthology, "Mary." Other contributors include Vladamir Nabokov, William Faulkner, Dylan Thomas and John Cheever.

The Permanent Playboy

Edited by Ray Russell | Cloth | Crown Publishers, Inc., New York, 1959 - 503 pages

Contains "A Dish of Desire" by Donleavy. This story later appeared in the Donleavy book of short stories Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule under the title "It Was My Chimes." Other short pieces by Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, P.G. Wodehouse and many more.

Alienation - A Symposium

Edited by Timothy O'Keeffe | Cloth | MacGibbon and Kee, London, 1960 - 188 pages

This collection of essays by an international selection of authors regarding being an expatriate contains Donleavy's "Wither Wigwams" - views on America and leaving the country of his birth. This piece too was later republished in Donleavy's book of collected short stories and sketches, Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule.

Exkursionen: Erzählungen unserer Zeit

Edited by Carl Hanser | Cloth | Hanser, München, Germany, 1964 - 326 pages

A rare collection of international writers all translated into German. Includes Donleavy's "The Romantic Life of Alphonse A," collected in the various US and UK editions of the book of short stories and sketches Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule. Found here under the title "Das romantische Leben des Alphose A."

Theatre Today

Edited by David Thompson | Cloth (issued w/o dust jacket) | Longmans, Green & Co. Ltd., London, 1965 (2nd printing)

JPD in a playwrights' collection including Bernard Shaw, William Saroyan, Harold Pinter and others. Contains "The Interview" scene from the play Fairy Tales of New York.

Black Humor

Edited and with an Introduction by Bruce Jay Friedman | Wraps | Bantam, New York 1965 - 174 pages

First US mass market edition. Contains an excerpt from The Ginger Man by Donleavy. Additional short pieces by Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Joseph Heller, Céline, Terry Southern, Vladamir Nabokov, Edward Albee and others.

Black Humor

Edited and with an Introduction by Bruce Jay Friedman | Wraps | Corgi (an imprint of Transworld Publishers), London 1965 - 174 pages

First UK mass market edition. Contains an excerpt from The Ginger Man by Donleavy. Additional short pieces by Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Joseph Heller, Céline, Terry Southern, Vladamir Nabakov, Edward Albee and others.

The Olympia Reader: Selections from the Traveler's Companion Series

Edited by Maurice Girodias | Cloth | Grove Press, New York, 1965 - 725 pages

Contains an excerpt from The Ginger Man by Donleavy and an interesting, albeit brief, critique of Donleavy's work by author Colin Wilson. Contributors include, Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, Samuel Beckett, William Burroughs, Gregory Corso and others.

The Best of Olympia

Edited by Maurice Girodias | wraps | New English Library, London, 1966

First UK edition of anthology comprised of work from the 4 issues of the short-lived magazine: Olympia. Contains an excerpt from the unexpurgated Olympia edition of The Ginger Man.

Ny amerikansk prosa

Edited  by Erik Wiedmann | Binding? | Stig Vendelkær, Sweden, 1966

A collection of short fiction by America writers published in Swedish. JPD's contribution is: Ferskenfarvede sko. Other contributors include Ralph Ellison, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Norman Mailer, John Barth, John Updike and others.

The World of Black Humor: An Introductory Anthology of Selections and Criticism

Edited  by Douglas M. Davis | Wraps | E.P. Dutton, New York, 1967

A collection of short works and by 15 American novelists, including JPD, Pynchon, Joseph Heller, Henry Miller and others. Researching the Donleavy contribution. Scarce book.

Get Off My Back

Edited  by Sondra Touster | Wraps | Dell, New York,  March, 1968 - 253 pages

A collection of short works and excerpts all having interchanges between psychotherapists and patients as the common denominator. Contains an excerpt from The Saddest Summer of Samuel S by Donleavy. Other authors include Terry Southern, Joseph Heller and Ken Kessey.

The Olympia Reader: Selections from the Traveler's Companion Series

Edited by Maurice Girodias | Wraps | Quality Paperback Book Club, New York,
(no date given)

Contents the same as the above hardcover first edition.

Black Humor

Edited and with an Introduction by Bruce Jay Friedman | Wraps | Bantam Modern Classics, New York 1969 - 174 pages

Reprint contains the same excerpt from The Ginger Man by Donleavy that appears in the first US and UK editions. Additional contents also unchanged from firsts.

Playboy's Stories for Swinging Readers

Selected by the editors of Playboy | Wraps | Playboy Press, Chicago, 1969  - 217 pages

Contains Donleavy's "Dish of Desire," again, later published in the Donleavy collection Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule as "It Was My Chimes."

Contributors include Bernard Wolfe, William F. Noland, Ray Bradbury, John Wallace and many others.

Bijster

Wraps | De Bezije Bij, Amsterdam, 1969

Dutch anthology. JPD contribution being researched.
Man in the Fictional Mode #5

Hannah Beate Haupt, ed. | Wraps | McDougal, Littell & Co., Illinois, 1970

Number 5 of a set. Contains Donleavy's "The Mad Molecule" which also appears in his collection of short fiction
Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule. Other contributors in this volume include Anton Chekov, Katherine Anne Porter, Franz Kafka, Richard Brautigan, Falannery O' Conner, James Baldwin, Norman Mailer and others. Scarce
The Poet's Tales: A Book Of Story Poems

Selected by William Cole, | Cloth | Collins-World Publishing, New York, 1971

Contains Donleavy's "When I Brought the News" which also appears in his collection of short fiction
Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule.
Etta at night

Wraps | Playboy Press, Chicago, 1971

Contains a Donleavy short story "A Paris Summer."

luchterhand almanach '71

Hermann Luchterhand, München, 1971

Collection of works by German and international writers, including JPD. Contribution being researched.

Works in Progress #7

Edited by Martha Saxton | Wraps | Literary Guild (distributed by Doubleday, New York), 1972 - 438 pages

Contains Donleavy's preface to his then forthcoming book of collected plays published by Delacorte Press (hardcover) and Dell/Delta (paperback) in 1972, The Plays of JP Donleavy ("The Ginger Man," "A Singular Man," "The Saddest Summer of Samuel S" and "Fairy Tales of New York").

Multimmediate: Multi Media and the Art of Writing

Warren L Clare & Kenneth J. Ericksen, editors | Wraps | Random House, New York 1972  - 257 pages

Contains Donleavy's short story "Meet My Maker" from his book of short fiction, Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule.Wild range of contributors, including Eldridge Cleaver, T.S. Eliot, Faulkner, Ken Kesey, Hemingway, and Dr. Seuss.

Moderne Erzähler aus West und Ost 2

Cloth | Goldmann-Tasschenbuch, München, (no date given) 147 pages

Mix of excerpts from writers from eastern Europe and the west, including Donleavy. Scarce.
In German.

Great erotic scenes from literature

Playboy Press, Chicago 1972 | Cloth | 351 pages | edited by Robert Reisner

JPD along with D.H. Lawrence, Hermann Hesse, Thomas Mann, Henry Miller, James Baldwin, Norman Mailer and others.

Op mod strømmen: atten engelske og amerikanske noveller

Binding? | Gylendal, Stockholm, 1976 - ISBN 8701406914

JPD listed with other contributors, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, William Carlos Williams, James Thurber, Truman Capote, and others. JPD piece being researched.

The Writer's Image

by Jill Krementz| Cloth | David R. Godine, Boston 1980

Photographic portraits of writers with quotes, including JPD.

Subject and structure: an anthology for writers

by John M Wasson| Cloth | Little, Brown, Boston 1981 | ISBN 0316924237

JPD included.

The Olympia Reader

Edited by Maurice Girodias | Wraps | Black Cat (an imprint of Grove Press), New York 1982

4th printing. Contents the same as the above Grove Press hardcover first edition, including the chapter from the unexpurgated The Ginger Man

Scavullo Portraits - Photographs 1948-1984

Edited by Sean M Byrnes| Cloth| Harper & Row, New York 1984

Photographs by Francesco Scavullo. Various celebrities, including Donleavy.

The Beat Generation & the Angry Young Men

Gene Feldman & Max Garenberg, eds. | Wraps | Citadel Press, New York, 1984

Paperback reprint of hardcover edition. Same contents, containing the scene "The Interview" from the Donleavy play Fairy Tales of New York.

The Penguin Book of Modern Humor : A Personal Anthology

Alan Coren, editor | Penguin, Middlesex, 1984

Donleavy's contribution was not specified in the listing I found for this book. Contributors include Woody Allen, Kingsley Amis, Dorothy Parker, Tom Sharpe, P.G. Woodehouse, John Updike, Evelyn Waugh and others.

The Cynic's Lexicon: A Dictionary of Amoral Advice

Jonathon Green, editor | Wraps | Routledge 1984 | 220 pages | ISBN 0710201877

Contains and excerpt from The Unexpurgated Code

Fireside Treasury of Great Humor

Al Sarrantonio, editor | Wraps | Fireside (an imprint of Simon & Schuster), New York 1987

JPD in great company with Mark Twain, James Thurber, P.G. Wodehouse, Woody Allen, Hunter S. Thompson, Dorothy Parker and many more. Contains an excerpt from Donleavy's The Unexpurgated Code, titled "Upon Abandoning Ship."

Säufzer - Greschichten über den Alkohol

Cloth | Publisher?, city? 1987

Collection of short works in German. Contains a translated contribution of a Donleavy piece or excerpt. More information would be appreciated.

An Irish Childhood: An Anthology

by Alexander Norman Jeffares, Anthony Kamm, eds.| HarperCollins, New York, 1987

Collection of childhood memoirs by noted authors. JPD's contribution is titled, "Boarding School."

Modern Irish-American Fiction: A Reader

Edited by Daniel J. Casey & Robert E. Rhodes | Wraps | Syracuse University Press, Syracuse New York, 1989 - 274 pages

Contains the short story version of "A Fairy Tale of New York," which first appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, 1961.

This Fish Is Loaded! The Book of Surreal and Bizarre Humor

Edited by Richard Glyn Jones | Wraps | Citadel Press (an imprint of the Carol Publishing Group), New York, 1991

Very unusual assemblage of work from contributors ad diverse as Salvador Dali to Woody Allen, Monty Python to John Lennon, Man Ray to Mervyn Peake. Includes Donleavy's "Meet My Maker" short story.

The Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations

Edited by Fred R. Shapiro | Cloth | Oxford University Press, New York, 1993

Contains an excerpt from Donleavy's The Unexpurgated Code....

The Irish - A Treasury of Art and Literature

Edited by Leslie Conron | Cloth | Hugh Lauter Levin Associates (distributed by Mcmillan), New York, 1993

Information needed on the Donleavy contribution.

Drinking, Smoking & Screwing: Great Writers on Good Times

Edited by Sara Nicklès | Wraps | Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1994 - 202 pages - ISBN 0811807843

Contains an excerpt from Donleavy's The Ginger Man. Other writers in this compilation include Charles Bukowski, Richard Brautigan, Erica Jong, Anne Sexton, Sam Shepard, James Thurber, Mark Twain, Henry Miller, Tom Robbins, H.L. Mencken and many more.

Tennis and the Meaning of Life: A Literary Anthology of the Game

Cloth | Breakaway Books, 1995 - ISBN 1558213783

Contains the Donleavy short piece "Rackets & Riches at Wimbledon," previously published in periodicals and collected in the book Meet My Maker the Mad Molcule. Other writers in this collection include Somerset Maugham, Irwin Shaw, and Vladimir Nabokov.

Tennis and the Meaning of Life: A Literary Anthology of the Game

Edited by Jay Jennings | Wraps | Harvest Books/Harcourt, Brace & Co., San Diego, NY, London 1995 - 400 pages ISBN 0156004070

Contains the Donleavy short piece "Rackets & Riches at Wimbledon," previously published in periodicals and collected in the book Meet My Maker the Mad Molcule. Other writers in this collection include Somerset Maugham, Irwin Shaw, E.B. White, Wallace Stegner, A. A. Milne and Vladimir Nabokov.

Writers: Photographs of Sally Soames

Cloth | Chronicle Books, San Francisco 1995 - 160 pages ISBN 0811812340 - First US edition

A brief passage from The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B is included with a wonderful portrait of Donleavy. Preface is by Norman Mailer, another of the 70 writers in this great collect of photos and excerpts.

An Anthology of Irish Comic Writing

Cloth | Michael Joseph, London, 1995 - 389 pages ISBN 0718138309

First UK edition. Selected and introduced by Ferdia MacAnna.

JPD included.

Developmental Social Psychology: From Infancy to Old Age

Cloth | by Kevin Durkin

Blackwell Publishing, 1995 - 776 pages ISBN 0631148299

Contains an excerpt from The Unexpurgated Code on the subtitle page of Chapter 8.

The Faces of Fantasy: Photographs by Patti Perret

Cloth & paper eds. same size, cover, content | Tor (an imprint of Tom Doherty Books), New York 1996 - 235 pages

First US edition. Not really an anthology but Included because of the great Donleavy quote accompanying Perret's fabulous shot of JPD outside the gates of his Levington Park estate in Ireland.

To Wanstonia

Ellis Sharp Ed., Zoilus Press, March 7, 1996 - ISBN 0952202840

Anthology includes work by JPD. Being researched.

Authors at Sea: Modern American Writers Remember Their Naval Service

Robert Shenk, Ed.| Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 1997 - Cloth - 318 pages | ISBN 1557507996

JPD among the authors recalling their naval service.

The Literary Cyclist: Great Bicycling Scenes in Literature

James E. Starrs, ed. | Illustrated by Kevin Schaeffer | Breakaway Books, 1997 | ISBN 155821562X

JPD included. Excerpt being researched.

An Unweaving of Rainbows

by John Minihan | Cloth | Souvenir Books, 1998 | ISBN 0285634585

Photographs of Irish authors, including Donleavy.

Tailwinds: the Lore and Language of Fizzles, Farts and Toots

collected by Peter Furze | Wraps | Michael O'Mara Books, Ltd., London, 1998

Unique collection of everything regarding the subject. Includes a brief passage from Donleavy's The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B.

The Oxford Book of Ireland

Patricia Craig, ed. | Cloth | The Oxford University Press, New York, 1998

This primarily nonfiction collection contains two excerpts from JP Donleavy's Ireland, in All Her Sins and Some of Her Graces.

The Whoseday Book: A Unique Diary for the Millennium

Cloth | The Irish Hospice Foundation, Dublin, Ireland, 1999 - ISBN 0953488004

This remarkable book sold out fast (check online used book sources for possible copies). It contains an excerpt from Donleavy's The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B. Contributors (in the hundreds) span all the arts and form a virtual Who's Who of creative celebrities in Ireland.

Ireland: True Stories of Life on the Emerald Isle

James O'Reilly, Sean O'Reilly, Larry Habegger, eds. | Wraps | Travelers' Tales, Inc., San Francisco April 2000 - ISBN 1885211465

Collection contains a piece by Donleavy titled, "The Miracle of St. Bridget." Other contributors include Frank McCourt, Edna O'Brien, Maeve Binchy, and David W. McFadden.

Hug O' War

Conceived and compiled by Janna Spark - wraps - Quartet Books - July 1, 2000 - ISBN 0704381443

A book published to raise money for the children of Kosovo. Celebrities were asked to copy in their own hand a well-known children's poem and to write a short memoir from childhood. Celebrities besides JPD include: David Beckham, Simon Callow, Jeremy Irons, Roger Moore, Auberson Waugh and others. JPD's contribution being researched.

Not So Funny When It Happened

Tim Cahill, ed. | Wraps | Travelers' Tales, Inc., San Francisco, 2000

One of a series of books compiled by Tim Cahill with hilarious and chilling travel tales from around the world. This volume's Irish contribution is an excerpt from Donleavy's A Singular Country, titled "The Fox Hunt."

Not So Funny When It Happened

Tim Cahill, ed. | binding? | Travelers' Tales, Inc., San Francisco, 2000

Braille edition in two volumes. Stories from around the world. The Irish contribution is an excerpt from Donleavy's A Singular Country, titled "The Fox Hunt."

Irish Writing in the Twentieth Century - A Reader

David Pierce, ed. | Cloth | Cork University Press, Ireland, 2000 - 1,348 pages

JPD amidst virtually all the important Irish writers of the century. Most likely a textbook for a literature class at University level, the work contains an excerpt from Donleavy's The Unexpurgated Code.

Face to Face

Gabrielle Warnock, Jeff O'Connell, eds. | Trident Press, Ltd., 2000 - ISBN 1900724464

Collection of photographic portraits based on the collection found on the walls of Kenney's Bookshop, Galway, Ireland.

Includes JPD.

The Grand Tour of Kerry

Compiled by Penelope Durell & Cornelius Kelly | Wraps | Cailleach Books, Allihies, Beara, County Cork, Ireland, 2001

Contains an excerpt from JP Donleavy's Ireland: In All Her Sins and Some of Her Graces and a brief bio on the author.

Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

Adrian Room, ed. - Sterling Publishing, 2002 - ISBN 0304358711

Contains an excerpt from The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B.
Dog's Best Friend: Annals of the Dog-Human Relationship

by Mark Derr - University of Chicago Press, April, 2004 - ISBN 0226142809

JPD included. Contribution being researched.

Not So Funny When It Happened

Tim Cahill, ed. | Wraps | Travelers' Tales, U.S., 2006 - ISBN 1932361448

Second edition. One of a series of books compiled by Tim Cahill with hilarious and chilling travel tales from around the world. This volume's Irish contribution is an excerpt from Donleavy's A Singular Country, titled "The Fox Hunt."

20th Century British Art and the Irish Sale Part II

Christie's (auction house) catalogue, May 9th & 10th, 2007

JPD among the artists represented in the bidding. Details being researched.

The Writer's Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers

by Donald Friedman | Cloth | Mid-List Press, September 11, 2007 - ISBN 9780922811762

JPD included in a collection of writers who are also artists. Other author/artists in this collection include: Dostoevsky, Henry Miller, Joseph Conrad, W. B. Yeats, e. e. cummings, Kurt Vonnegut, D. H. Lawrence, Sylvia Plath, Goethe, Hermann Hesse, Vladamir Nabokov & John Updike

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Alphascript Publishing, 2011

Researching content.
Penguin Books: Webster's Timeline History 1972-1989

Published by the ICON Group International, San Diego, CA, 2009

Contains an excerpt from The Ginger Man.
Random House: Webster's Timeline History 1972-1989

Published by the ICON Group, San Diego, CA, 2009 - ISBN - 0546895670

Contains an excerpt from The Ginger Man.
De witte kuif op het frowtbalkon

Franz Straatman, ed. - Nieu, Amsterdam - Jan 2009 - ISBN: 9046805301


Dutch anthology. JPD included.

Sur le zinc Au cafe avec les ecrivains

Joris-Karl Huysmans, Franz Bartelt, Antonine Bondin eds.

Editions Gallimard, Folio - 11-09-2008

French anthology, contains JPD.

Big Little Book of Irish Wit and Wisdom

Cloth | Black Dog & Leventhal, 2010

by Fergus Kelly, compilers: Pat Fairon, Mary Dowling Paley, Morgan Llywelyn

JPD included.

Dublin: Perfect Gems of City Writing

Wraps | Oxygen Books, Brentwood, UK, 2010 - ISBN 0955970010

Heather Reyes ed.

Contains an excerpt from JPD's J.P. Donleaavy's Ireland.

The Brand X Anthology of Fiction: A Parody Anthology

Cloth | Applewood Books, 1983 - ISBN 0918222428

William Zaranka, ed.

Includes JPD.

Frank Robinson monte au paradis

David MacKinnen, ed. | Editions Denoël | 2004

French anthology. JPD included.

The Limerick Compendium

by Jim Kemmy | Gill & Macmillan 1997 | ISBN 0717126736

JPD included.

The Book of American Humor

by Russelll Baker | Cloth | W.W. Norton & Co. 1993 | 598 pgs | ISBN 0393035931

JPD included.

Cuentos De Tenis

Liliana Heker, Aleaguam - Amacun Digital Services, Inc.2013

Kindle version (ebook)

JPD included.

Sex and Cencorship in the Visual Arts Vol. 1

by Donald H. Gilmore, Greenleaf Classics, 1970

Donleavy included

The Everything Travel Guide to Ireland

by Thomas Hollowell and Katie Bell | Adams Media, March 1, 2010

Contains excerpt from A Singular Country.

The Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories

Edited by William Trevor | Cloth | Oxford University Press, 1989 | ISBN 0192141805

JPD included.

Everything Irish: The History, Literature, Art, Music, People, and Places of Ireland From A to Z

by Lelia Rukenstein and James O' Malley | Ballantine Books, March 1, 2005 |480 pages
ISBN 978-0345441294

JPD included.