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Otherwise, this index serves as a bibliographical reference with a brief mention of how
favorable or unfavorable the review may have been. Many references are currently only
from brief blurbs on book covers and jackets and are being researched for details such as
dates and issues of appearance, etc. As with all of the information compiled on this site,
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Key for reviews is as follows: (+) = favorable review; (-) = unfavorable; (~) = so-so or mixed;
(*) = unread or reference ambiguous or too incomplete to draw conclusion

The Ginger Man
A Singular Man
Meet My Maker the Mad Molecule
The Saddest Summer of Samuel S
A Fairy Tale of New York
The Onion Eaters
The Plays of J.P. Donleavy
The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B
The Unexpurgated Code
The Destinies of Darcy Dancer, Gentleman
Leila
That Darcy, That Dancer, That Gentleman
A Singular Country
J.P. Donleavy's Ireland
De Alfonce Tennis
Schultz
Are You Listening Rabbi Low
The History of The Ginger Man
The Lady Who Liked Clean Rest Rooms
An Author and His Image
Wrong Information is Being Given out at Princeton
 

THE GINGER MAN

Truth -Peter Shaffer, Jan. 1957 (+)
Esquire- Dorothy Parker (+)
Guardian (+)
Spectator - V.S. Nalpaul (+)
New York Times Book Review - Norman Podhoretz (+)
Evening Standard (+)
The Listener (+)
Master Plots II - Coilin Owens, Jan. 1, 1987 (+)
Master Plots II - Michael Adams, April 1, 1987 (-)
New York World Telegram (+)
Los Angeles Mirror and News (+)
Saturday Review - Granville Hicks (+)
The Nation - Vivian Mercier (+)
The Times (+)
Time Out (+)
New York Herald Tribune - John K. Hutchens (+)
The New Yorker (+)
Joseph Heller (+)
Newsweek, Nov. 11, 1964 (+)
Time (+)
Observer (+)
London Times Literary Supplement (+)
New Statesman (+)
New York World Telegram (+)
USA Today - Karen Thomas, April 11, 1995 (+)
GQ (England) - Jon Wilde (+)
New York Times (Books) - Mel Gussow, June 27, 2000 (+)
Amazon.com (search under Donleavy - The Ginger Man)
many reviews; some by pros, others by readers (mostly good) (~)

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A SINGULAR MAN

New Yorker - Renata Adler, May 16, 1964 (+)
Newsweek - November 11, 1964 (+)
Bookman - David Holloway (+)
Guardian - Anthony Burgess (+)
Sunday Times (London) - Robert Baldick (+)
The New York Times Book Review (+)
Playboy (+)
The Chicago Tribune (+)
The Village Voice (+)
Time (+)
National Observer (+)
Daily Telegraph (+)
Amazon.com (search under Donleavy - A Singular Man
- a few reviews  by readers - mostly good. (+)
 

MEET MY MAKER, THE MAD MOLECULE

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, - Ron Goulart Jan. 1965 (*)
Bookweek (+)
Newsweek (+)
The New York Times Book Review (+)
New Yorker (+)
Los Angeles Times (+)

THE SADDEST SUMMER OF SAMUEL S

Time - March 18, 1966 (+)
Newsweek - March 21, 1966 (+)
New Yorker - October 15, 1966 (+)
The New York Times Book Review (+)
Chicago American (+)
The National Observer (+)
Boston Sunday Globe (+)

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A FAIRY TALE OF NEW YORK

Atlantic Monthly - Phoebe Adams (+)
Guardian (+)
Spectator (+)
Sunday Times (London) (+)
Washington Post (+)
Kansas City Star (+)
Cleveland Plain Dealer (+)
Philadelphia Bulletin (+)
The Economist (+)
New Yorker (+)
Library Journal (+)
Publishers Weekly (+)
Book World (+)
San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle (+)

THE ONION EATERS

Spectator (+)
San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle (+)
Baltimore Sun (+)
Women's Wear Daily - Bob Spector (+)
Chicago News (+)
Time (+)
Boston Globe (+)

THE PLAYS OF J.P. DONLEAVY (US)
J.P. DONLEAVY - THE PLAYS (UK)

Daily Express (+)
Kenneth Tyan (+)
The Times (+)

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THE BEASTLY BEATITUDES OF BALTHAZAR B

Saturday Review  (+)
Atlantic Monthly (+)
Newsweek - Nov. 18, 1968 (+)
The New York Times Book Review (~)
Life Magazine (+)
Time Magazine (+)
Joseph Heller (+)
The New Leader (+)
The New Republic (+)
The Guardian (+)
New Yorker (+)
Library Journal (+)
Houston Chronicle (+)
Kansas City Star (+)
Philadelphia Bulletin (+)
Newsday - Sally Eckhoff, 1998 (+)
Amazon.com (search under Donleavy - The Beastly Beatitudes
of Balthazar B) -  reviews  by readers (+)
 

THE UNEXPURGATED CODE

Atlantic Monthly - Richard Todd [Best Word of Nonfiction
by a Novelist and Funniest Book of the Year '75] (+)
Newsweek - September 15, 1975 (+)
The New York Times Book Review - John Leonard (+)
Boston Globe (+)
Baltimore News American (+)
Providence Journal (+)
Time (+)
People Magazine (+)
The Guardian (+)
Houston Chronicle (+)
The New York Times Book Review (+)
Amazon.com (search under Donleavy - The Unexpurgated Code
-  reviews  by readers (+)

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THE DESTINIES OF DARCY DANCER, GENTLEMAN

Atlantic Monthly (+)
Harper's - December 1977 (+)
Antioch Review - Ken Lawless, Winter, 1978 Issue (+)
Listener (+)
Booklist (+)
The New Yorker (+)
Los Angeles Times (+)
Chicago Tribune (+)
Cleveland Plain Dealer (+)
London Magazine - John Mellors, July 1978 (+)
The Guardian (+)
Houston Chronicle (+)
Publishers' Weekly (+)
Vogue (+)
The New York Times Book Review (+)
Amazon.com (search under Donleavy
- The Destinies of Darcy Dancer, Gentleman -  reviews  by readers (+)
 

LEILA: FURTHER IN THE LIFE AND DESTINIES
OF DARCY DANCER, GENTLEMAN

Financial Times (+)
The New York Times Book Review (+)

THAT DARCY, THAT DANCER, THAT GENTLEMAN

Daily Mail (+)
Sunday Times (London) (+)
The Guardian (+)
The Times (+)

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A SINGULAR COUNTRY

The Listener (+)
The Guardian (+)

J.P. DONLEAVY'S IRELAND IN ALL OF HER SINS
AND SOME OF HER GRACES

The Times - Peter Ackroyd (+)
Observer - Roy Foster (+)
Irish Times - Deaglán de Bréadún (+)
Literary Review - Stan Gebler Davis (+)
The Standard - Jeanne Crowley (+)
Country Life - Dervla Murphy (+)
The Guardian - Stanley Reynolds (+)

DE ALFONCE TENNIS

The Atlantic Monthly - Phoebe-Lou Adams, May 1985 (-)
The Times - Nicholas Shakespeare (+)
Sunday Times (+)
Observer - Valentine Cunningham (+)
The London Times (+)
The London Standard (+)
Punch (+)
The London Morning Telegraph (+)

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SCHULTZ

Playboy (+)
Chicago Sun-Times (+)
Nashville Tennessean (+)
The State, Columbia S.C. (+)
The Observer (+)
Daily Express (+)

ARE YOU LISTENING RABBI LÕW

The Times (+)
Sunday Times (London) (+)
The London Financial Times (+)
The London Telegraph Sunday Magazine (+)

THE HISTORY OF THE GINGER MAN

Booklist - Alice Joyce (+)
Daily Telegraph - Grey Gowrie (+)
The Observer - John Naughton (+)
The Sunday Express - Frank Delaney (+)
Cork Examiner - Chuck Kruger (+)
Sunday Times - Humphrey Carpenter (+)
Gannet News Service - William Dunn (+)
Newsday - Paul D. Colford, March 17, 1994 (+)
Publisher's Weekly (+)
The Times Literary Supplement - Phil Baker (+)
Library Journal (+)
Irish Voice - Colin Lacey, March 29, 1994 (+)
GQ - Thomas Mallon, April 1994 (~)

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THE LADY WHO LIKED CLEAN REST ROOMS

Sunday Telegraph (+)
Mail on Sunday (+)
Irish Independent (+)
American Way (+)
Los Angeles Times - Susan Salter Reynolds, June 27, 1997 (+)
Kirkus Reviews - April 15, 1997 (+)
The Washington Times (+)
The New York Times Book Review - Nina Sonenberg, July 13, 1997 (+)
The Economist (-)
The Dallas Morning News (+)
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution - Carolyn Nizzi Warmbold (+)
Booklist - Jim O' Laughlin (+)
Amazon.com (search under Donleavy - The Lady Who Liked Clean Rest Rooms)
-  reviews  by readers (+)
(Amazon review from "A reader in Oakland" is by yours truly)
Ed's Internet Book Review. General Fiction - Dr. Edwin V. Bell II (+)
1 livre jour (online review in French; can be translated via online translators)
 - Calmann-Lévy (+)
Pure Fiction - Rob Kinsman, 1998 (~)

AN AUTHOR AND HIS IMAGE

The Daily Telegraph - Nicholas Mosley, Aug. 23, 1997 (+)

WRONG INFORMATION IS BEING GIVEN OUT AT PRINCETON

For books by author/
journalist Paul Di
Filippo check out
the
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Site.

San Francisco Chronicle - Paul Di Filippo, Aug. 8, 1999 (+)
The Los Angeles Times - Susan Salter Reynolds, Dec. 27, 1998 (+)
The Sunday Telegraph - Peter Buckman, March 15, 1998 (+)
Rain Taxi (+)
Booklist (+)
Kirkus Reviews (+)
Evening Herald (+)
Mail on Sunday (+)
The Daily Telegraph - David Profumo, March 21, 1998 (~)
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution - David Kirby, Dec. 20, 1998 (-)
Amazon.com (search under Donleavy -
Wrong Information is Being Given Out at Princeton)
-  reviews  by readers (+)
Pure Fiction - Martin Dixon, 1998 (-)

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