"...there is more than life in a man in whom devils and angels dwell with the harmony of rain and rainbows."

- J.P. Donleavy from an introduction to Barry Lyndon, Penguin, 1975
Photo by Stephen Hyde

Although JPD often claims to read very little contemporary writing other than journalism, for which he holds a high regard, he has written blurbs and reviews of novels and non-fiction. He has also written introductions and forwards to several books. Below is yet another list in progress. As more information is found, it will be added to this page.

Introductions, Forewords and Printed Blurbs by J.P. Donleavy

Barry Lyndon

By William Makepeace Thackeray

Penguin Books, London, 1975 - ISBN 40040064

Introduction by JPD.

The Dream and the Underworld

By James Hillman

Harper-Collins, July, 1979 - ISBN 0060906820

Blurbed by JPD.

Las aventuras de Barry Lyndon

By William Makepeace Thackeray

Bruguera, Barcelona, 1981 - 316 pages

Spanish translation. Introduction by JPD.

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

Cadenza (Irish Literature Series),

by Ralph Cusack. wraps - November, 1984 - 227 pages

Blurbed by JPD, taken from a review by him that appeared in Saturday Review, titled "Train of Thought" April 16, 1959.

Remembering How We Stood: Bohemian Dublin at the Mid Century

By John Ryan

Lilliput Press, Westmeath, Ireland, 1987

Foreword by JPD.

The Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories

Edited by William Trevor | cloth - Oxford Press, May 25 1989 - 586 pages - ISBN 0192141805

Blurbed by JPD.

Ireland, the Taste and the Country

By Mike Bunn

(UK ed.) Anaya Publishers, Ltd., London, 1991 - ISBN 18547002551

Introduction by JPD.

Her Most Bizarre Sexual Experience

By Michael Wilding

Norton, New York, July, 1991 - ISBN 0393029921

Blurbed by JPD.
Kiss Out

By Jill Eisenstadt

Knopf, New York, 1991 - ISBN 0394582306

Blurbed by JPD.

Gargantua and Pantagruel

By Francois Rabelais | Translated by Burton Raffel

W. W. Norton & Company,
1991 | ISBN 0393308065

Blurbed by JPD.

The Art of Mingling

By Jeanne Martinet

St. Martins Press, New York, 1992

Blurbed by JPD.

Wild Horses

By Dick Francis

Putnam, New York, 1994

Blurbed by JPD.
The Book of Intrusions

By Desmond MacNamara

Dalkey Archive Press, Irish Literature Series, ISU, Illinois, 1994

Blurbed by JPD.
Venus Bound: The Erotic Voyage of The Olympia Press and its Writers

By John de St Jorre

(US ed.) Random House, New York, 1994 - ISBN 0679443363

Blurbed by Donleavy (also reviewed by JPD in his book of collected nonfiction An Author and His Image.)
The Good Ship Venus

By John de St Jorre

UK ed. Hutchinson Books, London 1994 - ISBN 0091778743

Blurbed by Donleavy (also reviewed by JPD in his book of collected nonfiction An Author and His Image.)
The Butcher Boy

By Patrick McCabe

Delta, NYC,1994

Blurbed by JPD.
The Good Ship Venus: The Erotic Voyage of The Olympia Press

By John de St Jorre

UK paperback edition. Pimlico (an imprint of Random House), London 1995

Blurbed by Donleavy (also reviewed by JPD in his book of collected nonfiction An Author and His Image.)
Evelyn Waugh: a Biography

By Selina Hastings

US hardcover edition. Houghton Mifflin, New York, Boston, 1995

Blurbed by Donleavy (also reviewed by JPD in his book of collected nonfiction An Author and His Image.)
Gulliver's Travels

By Jonathan Swift | Illustrated by Mark Summers

Cloth | Barnes & Noble, New York, 1995 | ISBN 1566197848

Introduction by JPD.
Knee Deep in Paradise

By Brett Butler

Cloth | Hyperion, New York, 1996 -ISBN 07861363
Trade Paperback ISBN 0786889144

Blurbed by JPD.

Ireland - A Photographic Portrait

Photography by Fritz Dressler; text by Siggi Weidemann.

Cloth | Michael O'Mara Books, Great Britain - 1996 | ISBN 1854796437

Introduction by JPD.

Conversations with Brando

By Lawrence Grobel

Cloth | Hyperion, New York, 1997

Introduction by JPD.

Ireland - A Photographic Portrait

Photography by Fritz Dressler; text by Siggi Weidemann.

Cloth | A Thomas Dunne Book (an imprint of St. Martin's Press) New York - 1997

Introduction by JPD.

Brendan Behan: A Life

By Michael O'Sullivan | Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 1999 | ISBN 1568331874

Blurbed by JPD.

Ireland, the Taste and the Country

By Mike Bunn

Cloth | Collins & Brown, August, 2000 - ISBN 185585841X 

US edition. JPD contribution called "foreword" in this edition, but it's the same content as the introduction in the first UK edition.

The Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories

Edited by William Trevor | wraps - Oxford Press, September 20, 2001 - 592 pages - ISBN 0192801937

Blurbed by JPD.

Fork in the Road

By Denis Hamill

Wraps | Washington Square Press, New York, March 1, 2001- ISBN 0671016741

US paperback ed. Blurbed by JPD. Amazon has a good selection of books by Denis Hamill.

Irland - Eine Liebeserklärung

By Mike Bunn

Cloth | Verlagsgruppe Droemer Weltbild, München 2002 - 224 pages - ISBN 3426265842

German Translation.
Introduction by JPD.

The Art of the Interview: Lessons from a Master of the Craft

By Lawrence Grobel

Wraps | Random House/Crown, New York, August, 2004

Available from Amazon.

Foreword by JPD.

Remembering How We Stood

By John Ryan

Wraps | Lilliput Press Ltd. Aug. 28, 2008 - 192 pages - ISBN 978184536

Introduction by JPD.

Manly Art - They Can Run But They Can't Hide

by George Kimball (book about boxing)

Cloth - McBooks Press, April 2011 - ISBN 1590135716

Blurbed by JPD.

Prodigals and Geniuses - The Writers and Artists of Dublin's Baggotonia

by Brendan Lynch

Binding? - Liffey Press, Oct. 28, 2011, ISBN 1905785968 - 325 pages

Forward by JPD.

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