Donleavy Audio Books...
An audio book edition of The Ginger Man, the first title in a series of
Donleavy books on audio cassette being produced by Philip Donleavy
and Robert Mitchell, is now available directly from The Donleavy-Mitchell
Organization, New York. (See the newly added JPD Audio page on this
site for ordering details). Expertly read by the author himself, The Ginger
Man audio book is a handsomely designed limited edition set of 9 cassettes,
each set signed by Donleavy on the spine of the clamshell package.
According to Bob Mitchell, the next audio title to be released will be
The Unexpurgated Code: A Complete Manual of Survival & Manners,
also read by the author.
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Best of Century List...
It's been a while now since the Random House Modern Library list of
the best 100 English-language novels of the century, but there's still plenty
of buzz about it. Much of the reaction is backlash and outrage over omitted
authors and titles (among the skipped-over are such major authors as
Thomas Wolfe, P.G. Wodehouse, Dorothy Parker, John Updike and
Thomas Pynchon). The validity of the entire endeavor has been questioned
by many, and they have a point; a publishing house can hardly claim to be
completely impartial in matters that have an effect on the sale of books.
Indeed, some contend that the whole thing is just a marketing ploy to further
cash in on millennium mania and crank out low-cost reprints.
Donleavy's The Ginger Man made the list, barely, at the number 99 spot.
When one sees Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint in at number 52, ahead
of not only The Ginger Man, but works such as The Catcher in the Rye,
The Alexandria Quartet, Of Human Bondage, A Farewell to Arms and
Finnegans Wake, it's not at all surprising that the voting panel is under such
intense fire. Modern Library Best 100 English Language Novels of the Century.
New Productions of Donleavy Plays...
Donleavy's theatrical career has been on the rise again with revivals of his
Fairy Tales of New York being produced by A Theater Under the Influence
at Union Garage, Seattle, Washington Feb. - March, this year and with the
Dublin Theatre Company's production of The Ginger Man performed May -
June at The Irish Arts Center in New York (the play's first New York
performance since its U.S. premier in 1963). This production tours Canada,
with performances in Montreal and Toronto, among other cities, before
returning to Dublin. For more information on these and other performances
of Donleavy plays see JPD - Playwright.
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L'Espirit, the work of 12 Irish sculptors and 21 members of Sculpteaurs
Bretagne, Brittany was officially opened June 3, 2000 at 8 p.m. at the Mullingar
Arts Centre, Ireland by Donleavy, himself a talented painter as well as writer
and whose brother T.J. Donleavy is an accomplished sculptor. Mullingar is the
nearest city to Donleavy's Levington park estate and about 50 miles from Dublin.
For more on Donleavy's art, see JPD - Artist.