"My wife thinks I'm con-
stantly walking around
thinking, I'm famous and
that somebody's recog-
nized me when all they're
looking at is my possibly
bad taste in clothing."


J.P. Donleavy from an interview
Paris Review #63, 1975


At least some of these interviews are still available in back issues from the
publications they appeared in. Efforts have been made to provide links for purchase.
Asterisks preceeding an entry indicate a copy was purchased via the provided link
recently. Titles in
dark blue indicate entire text available to read here on this site
(by permission from copyright holder/s only.) This is by no means a complete list,
and it will be added to as more information is obtained.


Published Interviews with J.P. Donleavy
(in chronological order)

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J.P. Donleavy go to the
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For details on Donleavy
works, see


J.P.D. in his study at
Levington Park, discussing
the manuscript to then
work in progress auto-
The History of
the Ginger Man
Interviewer Thomas E.
Kennedy. Photo by Mr.

Special thanks
to Thomas E. Kennedy
for his many contributions
to this site and general


*"The Art of Fiction LIII - J. P. Donleavy" The author interviewed by
Molly McKaughan, assisted by Fayette Hickox,
The Paris Review, #63, 1975.

"J.P. Donleavy: The Gingerly Man" Article with some interview quotes by
Sherry Romeo, Celebrity magazine, Volume 2, No. 5, May 1976

"Auberon Waugh Goes to Visit J.P. Donleavy - A Singular Man" (Special thanks
to John Baxter for providing the clipping of this article/interview) An extremely well-
penned piece on many levels. Some very accurate insights from a rarity: a journalist
not afraid to question his own motives and results. - The Times, (London) Saturday
Review section, July 24, 1976.

"An Interview with J.P. Donleavy" by Kurt Jacobson, Journal of Irish Literature, VIII,
January, 1979.

"J.P. Donleavy Discusses Olympia Press" with Stella Dong, Publishers Weekly
April 30, 1979.

"Interview With J.P. Donleavy" by Amanda Smith, Publishers Weekly
October, 1986.

"Rogue's Brogue" Harper's, May, 1990.

"The Wild Irish Rogue" Gentleman's Quarterly (GQ) June, 1990.

"Tea & Scones & Darcy Dancer: The Making of An Irish Gentleman:
An Interview with J.P. Donleavy"

by E. Thomas Wood, The Bloomsbury Review, Jan/Feb, 1992.  Many thanks to
E. Thomas Wood for allowing this well-conducted and informative interview to
appear in full on this site.
E. Thomas Wood / J.P. Donleavy Interview

"Only for the Moment Am I Saying Nothing: An Interview with J.P. Donleavy"
This is the first publication (albeit shorter version) of an excellent interview conducted
by author/critic Thomas E. Kennedy "Vengeance!" - a Passport Anthology #6, England
ISBN 1897779054, 1993. (See Literary Review entry below for extended version).

"Spice of Life" (Special thanks to Gareth Griffiths for sending this clipping)
Article/Interview by John Burns dealing mostly with a film project of The Ginger Man
with cinematographer Haskell Wexler scheduled to direct and Kyle MacLachlan in top
running for the lead. The project fell through at some point as have all film adaptation
attempts of Donleavy books., Cinema section, The Sunday Times, August 15, 1993

"Revisiting J.P. Donleavy's Classic: Behind the Scenes with the Ginger Man"
by Paul D. Colford,  Newsday,  March 17, 1994.

"The Road From Smut to Classic: J.P. Donleavy Returns With a Ginger Man"
by Colin Lacey,  ARTS, The Irish Voice,  March 29, 1994.

*"Catching Up With the Ginger Man - An Interview With J. P. Donleavy"
by Gineen Cooper, The Pannus Index, Vol. 1, No.3 Spring, 1997.

*"Only for the Moment Am I Saying Nothing: An Interview with J.P. Donleavy"
The author interviewed by writer Thomas E. Kennedy, Vol. 40 No. 4, 1997,

The Literary Review. Extended version of the Kennedy/Donleavy interview first appearing
in "Vengeance" - A Passport Anthology #6, England. This interview is also available
online via the subscription service
The Electric Library. Use the keyword Donleavy.

*"Travel: Rites of Passage - J.P. Donleavy" A brief but funny travel-related interview
with Donleavy by Tom Chesshyre, The Daily Telegraph 08-23-1997. Available online
via the subscription service
The Electric Library. Use the keyword Donleavy.

Talking Dirty by Susan Chenery, Spectre / Hodder Headline, Australia & New Zealand,
1997. ISBN 0733605567

A wild ride of interviews and encounters with a vast range of authors and celebrities,
including Donleavy. Among the others: Hunter S. Thompson, Traci Lords, Janet Leigh,
Tom Robbins, Salman Rushdie, Bryan Ferry, Marianne Faithfull, Jim Sheridan,
James Brown, David Bowie and many more.

This book is available at the
Barnes & Noble's website or online in Australia at
Dymocks Books.


"J.P. Donleavy: An American in Exile" by Andrew Graham-Yooll, the Antioch Review
Vol. 57, No. 2, Spring 1999.

Dining Out With Mr. Lunch by Murray Waldren, wraps, University of Queensland Press,
Dec. 1999. ISBN 0702231258. Book of entertaining and excellent interviews with authors,
including Donleavy, by Australian journalist Murray Waldren. Others interviewed include
P.D. James, Brian Keenan, Fay Weldon, Kinky Friedman, Morris West, Antonella Gambotto
and many more.

This book is available at
Amazon.com or online in Australia.


For details on Donleavy
video tapes, see

Video Interviews with J.P. Donleavy

Writers Talk: Ideas of Our Times - J.P. Donleavy with Frank Delaney.
The Roland Collection of Films and Videos on Art, originally taped in 1987.

For details on Donleavy
Audio tapes, see

Audio Interviews with J.P. Donleavy

J.P. Donleavy with Stephen Banker. (single cassette)
Tapes for Readers, Washington, D.C., 1980. Thanks to Stephen Banker
for seeing this listing and contacting the JPDC with ordering information.
This audio cassette interview is available direct.
Email Stephen Banker to order.

Online articles and
interviews often have a
short link life. Some of
these pieces are "pay per down-load" via subscription
services. If you find that
any of these are no longer
available, please let me

J.P. Donleavy Article-Interviews on the Web

*"Me and My God: J.P. Donleavy Talks to Frances Welch"
Opinions Electronic Telegraph, Issue 1051, April 11, 1998. Another short but funny
Donleavy dialogue.

"Irish Radio, New York Interview with Donleavy & David Murray"
This RealAudio/Video download was aired and recorded during the spring-summer 2000
run of the current production of the play adaptation of The Ginger Man, performed at
New York's Irish Arts Center by the Dublin Theatre Company with Murray as
Sebastian Dangerfield.
Irish Radio Interview Download

"Ireland.com Donleavy Article-Interview" (still online as of October 5, 2000)
Irish Times article-interview.
Ireland.com Donleavy Link

"Backstage.com Donleavy Article-Interview" (still online as of October 10, 2000)
This piece by Simi Horwitz appears on the site and in the printed magazine, Backstage.
An abridged version is free to browse. The complete text appears in print and for a
fee on the site.
Backstage.com Donleavy Link

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