"How grey
Is black
When black
Is grey"

J.P. Donleavy
from
A Fairy Tale
of New York

 

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Donleavy has not been a darling of academics nor the literary world in general.
Although all but his harshest critics admit to the merits of The Ginger Man,
few so-called scholars have had much praise for later works. There are some
well-written, fair appraisals of Donleavy's work in the index listed here, but much
of the list consists of myopic over-analysis and obvious dislike of Donleavy's style
and recurring themes, underemphasizing, as is often the case with academic criticism,
the emotional-involvement element of the writer-reader experience.

Despite luke warm to bad academic summation and mixed press, Donleavy has
garnered a string of best-sellers and developed a large following of ardent fans.
The degree of his success without support from academia and the literary world
is quite remarkable and, I'm quite sure, irritates his critics even more, as well as
makes the rewards even sweeter to the author.

Essays & Criticism on Donleavy

Lectures & Academic Presentations Given by Donleavy

Courses & Lectures on or Including Donleavy

Academic Essays & Criticism Regarding Donleavy

(In Chronological Order by Publication or Presentation Date)

The New Nihilism and the Novel by Norman Podhoretz
from Doings and Undoings, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc., 1958

The Angry Decade: A Survey of the Cultural Revolt of the Nineteen-Fifties
by Kenneth Alsop Owen, London 1958

Radical Innocence: Studies in the Contemporary American Novel
by Ihab Hassan | Princeton University Press 1961

Hard Times and the Noble Savage: J.P. Donleavy's A Singular Man
by John Rees Moore | The Hollins Critic, 1, February 1964

No Face and No Exit: The Fiction of James Purdy and J.P. Donleavy
by Gerald Weales Contemporary American Novelists, editor Harry T. Moore,
Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press 1964

J.P. Donleavy's Season of Discontent by John Rees Moore
Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction, Vol. IX, No. 2, 1967

The Artist as Censor: J.P. Donleavy and The Ginger Man
by Robert A. Corrigan Midcontinent American Studies Journal, 8, Spring 1967

J.P. Donleavy: Anarchic Man as Dying Dionysian by William D. Sherman
Twentieth-Century Literature: A Scholarly and Critical Journal, Hempstead, NY
#13 1968

The Novelist as Clown: The Fiction of J.P. Donleavy by Maurice Vintner
Journal Article, 1970  Central Queensland University Library, Australia

The Evolution of Donleavy's Fiction by Dean Cohen
Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction, 12, 1970

A Case of Death: The Fiction of J.P. Donleavy by Thomas LeClair
Contemporary Literature, #12 Summer 1970

Common and Uncommon Masks: Writings on Theater-1961-1970
by Richard Gilman Random House, NY 1971

Donleavy Beyond Culture by John Stark
Unpublished paper read at the Modern Literature section of the Midwest Modern
Language Association meeting in Detroit, Michigan November 1971

Singed by an Impudent Fire: The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B by
J.P. Donleavy
by Donald E. Morse. Unpublished paper read at the Modern
Literature section of the Midwest Modern Language Association meeting in Detroit,
Michigan November 1971

The Evolution of Donleavy's Hero by Dean Cohen
Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction, Vol. XII, No. 3, 1971

The Onion Eaters and the Rhetoric of Donleavy's Comedy by Thomas LeClair
Twentieth-Century Literature: A Scholarly and Critical Journal, Hempstead, NY
#18 1972

The Skull Beneath the Skin: J.P. Donleavy's The Ginger Man by
Donald E. Morse Michigan Academician, 6, Winter 1974

J.P. Donleavy: The Style of His Sadness and Humor by
Charles G. Masinton Bowling Green University Popular Press, Bowling Green,
OH 1975

The Satire of J.P. Donleavy's Ginger Man by Patrick W. Shaw
in  Studies in Contemporary Satire 1, 1975

Two Irish-American Novelists: J.P. Donleavy and Jimmy Breslin
by Grace Eckley Illinois School Journal, 55, 1975

Tears and Laughter: The Tragic Comic Novels of J.P. Donleavy by
John Johnson Michigan Academician, 9, Summer 1976

Etiquette for Ginger Man: A Critical Assessment of Donleavy's
Unexpurgated Code
by Charles G. Masinton. Midwest Quarterly, 18,
January 1977

Irishmen and Irish-Americans in the Fiction of J.P. Donleavy by
Johann Norstedt from Irish-American Fiction: Essays in Criticism eds.
Daniel J. Casey & Robert E. Rhodes AMS Press, NY 1979

Isolation and Protest: a Case Study of J.P. Donleavy's Fiction by
R.K. Sharma Ajanta Publications, Delhi, India 1983

The Satire of J.P. Donleavy's Ginger Man by Patrick W. Shaw
Studies in Contemporary Satire v.12, 1985

American Readings of J.P. Donleavy's The Ginger Man
by Donald E. Morse Eire-Ireland: a Journal of Irish Studies, v26, no. 3, 1991

Parables of Estrangement: the Fiction of J.P. Donleavy by C.R. Lyons
from Exile and Subversion Eds. Paul Hyland & Neil Sammells, Bath College
of Higher Education, November 1991 ISBN 033525418 (hardcover)
0333525426 (paperback)

A Metafictional Reading of J.P. Donleavy's The Onion Eaters with
Specific References to the Resultant Interrogation of the Construction
of Sexuality Within Christian Ideology
by Kirsten Braun. Unpublished paper in the library at Central Queensland
University, Australia, 1994.

Lectures and Presentations Given by Donleavy

J.P. Donleavy: 'Oscar Wilde'
Wednesday, October 22, 1997, 8:00 p.m.
Days Produndis: The 4th Oscar Wilde Autumn School Chamber of
Commerce House, Bray, Co Wicklow, Ireland.

Donleavy was among the guest writers to visit Washington College's Sophie
Kerr Series
in their creative writing program. Date being researched.

Donleavy has appeared twice at the Ilkley Literature Festival, Ilkley
West Yorkshire, England, in 1995 and 1999. Details being researched.
 

Donleavy apparently spoke at a college or university in Iowa City sometime
in the early to mid 70s when John Irving and John Cheever were then faculty
members. In an interview by Irving and following interchange of letters between
Donleavy and Irving  published in The Paris Review, reference is made to an alleged
snubbing of Cheever (which Donleavy denies). Any other reading and/or lectures
given by Donleavy will be listed here along with more details on this one as
brought to light.
 

Courses and Lectures On or Including Donleavy

An Introduction to Modern Anglo Irish Poetry, Prose and Drama
Weeks 15 - 17 : Donleavy's work assessed along with that of Flann O' Brien,
Bernard Maclaverty and Edna O' Brien. Centre of Continuing Education,
Department of Educational Studies, University of Surrey, Guildford, England,
1998.

Engl 371 The Adolescent in Literature
Includes literary expression on the subject by writers such as Wolfe, Salinger,
Capote, Knowles, McCullers Donleavy, Mishima, Golding, Lessing, Moravia,
Mauriac and Sagan. University of Massachusetts, Fall, 1999.

AML 4121 Twentieth-Century American Novel
A study of major trends and influences in American prose fiction from 1900
to the present. Includes works by such writers as Hemingway, London, Wharton,
Fitzgerald, Faulkner, West, Mailer, Bellow, Ellison, Donleavy, Updike, Vonnegut
and others. University of San Francisco,  Fall, 2000.

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