"(NY)...the city that is too
rich to laugh at and too
lonely and ruthless to love
and where

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Happiness
Is
A big cat
With a mouse
On a square mile
Of linoleum."

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J.P Donleavy
from A Fairy Tale of New York

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A long time coming, the novel version of this story was finally issued by Seymour Lawrence/
Delacorte Press in 1973. Donleavy published segments earlier as a short story by the same title
and scenes from the stage adaptation (see
Anthologies and Periodicals for more and Plays for
more on the complete stage version). Research mentions an obscure radio play by Donleavy titled
"Helen," which is the name of Cornelius Christian's deceased wife in all versions of the story
and is also the title of the first act of the stage play.

There is a considerable amount of confusion regarding this title (the novel) and Fairy Tales of
New York
(the play). The former, although begun immediately after The Ginger Man was not
completed and published for more than a decade later. The latter was published in both the UK
and US in 1961.

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A Fairy Tale of New York

Cloth | Delacorte Press, New York, 1973
ISBN 0440026245 - 341 pages
 

First trade edition. Green boards.

A Fairy Tale of New York

Cloth | Eyre Methuen, Ltd., London, 1973
ISBN 413450309 - 410  pages
 

First UK edition.

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A Fairy Tale of New York

Cloth | Delacorte Press, New York, 1973
ISBN 0440026245 - 341 pages
 

Second Delacorte Press printing. Only noticeable
difference is the 2nd printing notice on from end
papers. No month given.

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A Fairy Tale of New York

Cloth | Delacorte Press, New York, 1973
ISBN 0440026245 - 341 pages
 

Third Delacorte Press printing. Only noticeable
difference is the 3rd printing notice on from end
papers. No month given.

A Fairy Tale of New York

Cloth | Delacorte Press, New York, 1973
ISBN 0440026245 - 341 pages
 

Fourth Delacorte Press printing. Same DJ
and green boards as prior printings but with
green edges on pages. 4th printing statement
appears on front end papers, again with no
month of printing given.

A Fairy Tale of New York

Cloth | Delacorte Press, New York, 1973
ISBN 0440026245 - 341 pages
 

Fifth Delacorte Press printing. Same DJ and
green boards as prior printings but with green
edges of binding as with 4th printing. 5th
printing statement appears on front end papers,
again with no month of printing given.

A Fairy Tale of New York

Wraps | Dell Laurel, New York, September
1974 - ISBN 44003233175 - 379 pages
 

First paper back edition.

A Fairy Tale of New York

Wraps | Dell Laurel, New York, December
1974 - ISBN 44003233175 - 379 pages
 

Second Dell Laurel printing.

A Fairy Tale of New York

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1975
ISBN 0140039643 - 334 pages
 

First Penguin printing.

Fiaba a New York

Binding? | Publisher?, Milano, 1975 - ? pages
 

Italian translation.

A Fairy Tale of New York

Wraps | Dell Laurel, NY November 1977
ISBN 0440332338 - 379 pages
 

Third Dell Laurel printing. Note changed ISBN.

Un conte de fées new-yorkais

Wraps | Folio/Editions Denoël, Paris, 1977
ISBN 2070380645 - 465 pages
 

French translation.

A Fairy Tale of New York

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1979
ISBN 0140039643 - 334 pages
 

First Penguin reprint.

A Fairy Tale of New York

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1980
ISBN 0140039643 - 334 pages
 

Second Penguin reprint.

A Fairy Tale of New York

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1982
ISBN 0140039643 - 334 pages
 

Third Penguin reprint.

A Fairy Tale of New York

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1984
ISBN 0140039643 - 334 pages
 

Fourth Penguin reprint.

Cuento de hadas en New York

Wraps | Pocket-Edhasa, April 1988, Barcelona
ISBN 8435015645 - 423 pages
 

Spanish translation, first printing.

A Fairy Tale of New York

Wraps | Atlantic Monthly Press (now Grove-Atlantic),
March, 1989 - ISBN 0871132648 - 341 pages
 

First AMP printing.

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Cuento de hadas en New York

Wraps | Pocket-Edhasa, 1990, Barcelona
ISBN 8435015645 - 423 pages
 

2nd printing of Edhasa Spanish edition.

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A Fairy Tale of New York

Wraps | Atlantic Monthly Press (now Grove-Atlantic),
No date given - ISBN 0871132648 - 341 pages
 

Second AMP printing.

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