"Show me some love or I'll strangle you."

- J.P. Donleavy
from The Ginger Man.
Photo by Tessa Sayle, courtesy of the J.P. Donleavy archives.

Other editions of published Donleavy plays may exist and are being sought to add to this bibliography, among them an edition of "The Saddest Summer of Samuel S" mentioned in an article to have been published in 1972, publisher information not known at this time. It is also possible that the play adaptation of "The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B" was published as a single volume or as part of a collection. Research continues.

Later Penguin printings of Donleavy titles (circa '80s) list a Penguin edition titled The Plays of J.P. Donleavy, containing six plays: "The Ginger Man," "A Singular Man," "The Saddest Summer of Samuel S" & "Fairy Tales of New York" (as in the earlier Penguin edition titled J. P. Donleavy - The Plays), plus "The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B" and a play I have yet to find any information on called "The Venereal in the Vernacular." The edition was never printed.

For more on Donleavy's plays, including a list of performances with production credits, visit the page
Donleavy - Playwright.

What They Did in Dublin (with) The Ginger Man - a play

Cloth | MacGibbon & Kee Ltd, London, 1961 - 156  pages

First UK edition of the play adaptation of The Ginger Man. Because of the typesetting on the cover of this edition, it's often incorrectly listed by booksellers as a play titled "What They Did in Dublin With The Ginger Man." It is actually the play version of The Ginger Man with an introduction by Donleavy describing the events leading to the forced closing of the first Dublin production, titled "What They did in Dublin."

The Ginger Man

Cloth | Random House, New York, 1961 - 156  pages

First US edition. This edition is titled so there is no confusion: The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy With an Introduction What They Did in Dublin by the author. Same contents as the UK edition.

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Der Feuerkopf (The Ginger Man)

Wraps | Verlag Keiepenheuer & Witsch, Buhnenvertrieb, Germany (no date given)

German translation of the play. Very scarce. Special thanks to Hanne Behrens who through her Antiquarit Labyrinth in Hannover helped find this and man other German editions in this bibliography.

"The Ginger Man"

Complete script of play - Plays and Players, London, September 1962.

Unusual full-length publication of the play script in a periodical. See periodicals for more listings of Donleavy works published in magazines, quarterlies and tabloids.

Fairy Tales of New York

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1961 - 94  pages

First UK edition. The bookseller I purchased this copy from listed that this edition was published before the US edition, making it the true first. I have yet to confirm this but am listing it first for now upon that information. Both editions simply state a publication date of 1961.

Fairy Tales of New York

Cloth | Random House, New York, 1961 - 118  pages

First US edition. Same contents as UK ed. Some reference sources, state an edition (sometimes listed as still in print) published by Boulevard Books or just Boulevard. This is actually the Random House edition. Boulevard Books is a book store that purchased the remainders and sells them.

New Yorker Geschichten (Fairy Tales of New York)

Cloth | Kiepenheuer & Witsch-Bühnenvertrieb, Köln, (no date given) - 105 pages

German translation. Being researched. Scarce.

New York idyller

Binding? | Fjernsynsteatret, Oslo, September, 1966 - ISBN 03176925X

Norwegeian translation of the play Fairy Tales of New York. Scarce.

Gloser og kommentarer til

Binding? | (Cph.) Gjellerup, 1969 - ISBN 03176925X

Danish translation of the play Fairy Tales of New York. Scarce.

Fairy Tales of New York : a play by J.P. Donleavy: a translation with comments / Kathy Lindekens ed.

Binding? | Rijksuniversitair Centrum, Antwerpen, 1977

Belgian translation in Dutch.

A Singular Man

Cloth | The Bodley Head (an imprint of Penguin), London, 1965 - 104  pages

First UK edition. Scarce.

Ein sonderbaer Mann (A Singular Man)

Cloth | Kiepenheuer & Witsch-Bühnenvertrieb, Köln, 1965 - 121 pages

German translation. Being researched. Scarce

A Singular Man

Wraps - The Bodley Head, London (an imprint of the Penguin Group)

Uncorrected proof.

The Plays of J.P. Donleavy

Cloth | Delacorte Press, New York, 1972 - 442  pages

First US trade edition. Contains "The Ginger Man," "A Singular Man," "Fairy Tales of New York" and "The Saddest Summer of Samuel S" along with a classic dedication and introduction by Donleavy.

The Plays of J.P. Donleavy

Wraps | Delta (an imprint of Dell), New York, 1972 - 442  pages

First US paperback edition. Same contents as Delacorte hardcover edition.

J.P. Donleavy: The Plays

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1974 - 351  pages

First UK trade edition.

Same contents as US editions of The Plays of J.P. Donleavy.

The Plays of J.P. Donleavy

Wraps | Delta (an imprint of Dell), New York, Aug., 1978 - 442  pages

2nd Delta printing . Same contents as first Delta printing and Delacorte hardcover edition.

Samyj sumrachnyj sezon Semyuelya S

Cloth | Azbuka-klassika, Sankt-Peterburg, 2002 | ISBN 5352000974

This Russian translation of collected Donleavy pieces contains the novella, The Saddest Summer of Samuel S, the play version of A Singular Man, along with the title novella and short stories from Meet My Maker the Mad Molecule. Special thanks to Ivan Denisov, Moscow, for contributing the information about this unusual collection and providing a photo of the cover.

The Ginger Man - A Play

Kindle edition: ebook, 2012

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