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Meet My Maker the Mad Molecule

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It's too bad the short story market is not a lucrative one for contemporary writers.
Donleavy excels in short fiction, although little critical attention is given to him regarding
his short pieces. Many of these works appeared first in periodicals (see
JPD in Periodicals
for details) and some have been included in anthologies (see JPD - Anthologies for more).
Two pieces, "A Fairy Tale of New York" and "In my Peach Shoes" became integrated into
the novel version of A Fairy Tale of New York. "One for Yes" is an excerpt from the
novel A Singular Man, also first published in 1964 by Atlantic/Little, Brown.

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Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule (stories & sketches)

Cloth | Atlantic Monthly Press/Little, Brown & Co.,
Boston, 1964 - 178 pages

This edition, the first trade edition, is sometimes incorrectly
listed with a publication date of 1960. Individual copyrights
for some of the stories are listed before the table of contents,
one of them being © 1960 The Curtis Publishing Co. However,
just above this notice are other individual copyright dates, the
last being 1964.

 

Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule

Cloth | Delacorte Press, New York, 1965 - 178 pages

Seymour Lawrence/Delacorte edition.

Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule

Cloth | The Bodley Head, London, 1965 - 178 pages

This is the first UK edition. Donleavy had a long association
with the publishing firm now known as Penguin Ltd. and its
many imprints, among them The Bodley Head, Allen Lane,
Viking, and, of course, Penguin. The bulk of Donleavy's
published catalog was published by Penguin in hard cover,
paperback or both under these various imprints. The few
exceptions are A Singular Country, De Alfonse Tennis
and his newer fiction The Lady Who Liked Clean Rest Rooms
and Wrong Information is Being Given Out at Princeton.
 

Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1967 - 170 pages

This is the first paperback edition.

 

det gale molekyle

Wraps | gyldendal, København, Denmark, 1967
178 pages

Danish translation Paperback with dust jacket. This
copy has pages not cut open from the orignally bound
signatures when printed.

 

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Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule

Wraps | Dell, New York, 1968 - 191 pages

First US paperback edition. During the period when
Donleavy was published in the US by Seymour Lawrence,
hardcover editions were generally published under the
Delacorte Press imprint, paperbacks by arrangement with
Dell/Laurel/Delta. A few exceptions include the Donleavy
autobiographical nonfiction works A Singular Country,
J.P. Donleavy's Ireland,
and The History of The Ginger
Man
as well as the "legend" De Alfonse Tennis (all hardcover
editions), and Berkley, NY reprints of The Ginger Man. In
the late '80s, Donleavy's US paperback publisher became
Atlantic Monthly Press (now Grove/Atlantic).

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Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1970 - 170 pages
ISBN 14002719X

1st. Penguin reprint.

A few differences mark this cover from the 1st paperback
edition: the Penguin logo is now to the right of the author's
name, and the subhead "author of  The Ginger Man."
is omitted.

Das tollgewordene Molekill

Binding? | Kindler, München, 1970 - ? pages

German translation.

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Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1971
170 pages - ISBN 14002719X

2rd Penguin reprint.

 

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La molecola matta e altri racconti

Binding? | Publisher? Milano, 1972 - ? pages

Italian translation.

Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1973
170 pages - ISBN 14002719X

3rd Penguin reprint.

Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule

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Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1975
170 pages - ISBN 14002719X

4th Penguin reprint.

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Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule /
The Saddest Summer of Samuel S

Wraps | Dell (first Laurel ed.), NY, 1975 - 258 pages
ISBN 44005937175

This curious edition combines for the first and
(to my knowledge) only time any two Donleavy
fiction titles have been published together in a single
volume. The Saddest Summer of Samuel S is a
novella published in several single editions, and it
was adapted for the stage by the author under
the same title.

Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule

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Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1976 - 170 pages
ISBN 14002719X

5th Penguin reprint.

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Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1979 - 170 pages
ISBN 14002719X

6th Penguin reprint.

Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule /
The Saddest Summer of Samuel S

Wraps | Dell (Laurel), NY, June, 1979
258 pages - ISBN 44005937175

2nd Dell Laurel printing.

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Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule

Wraps | Penguin, London, 1981 - 170 pages
ISBN 14002719X

7th Penguin reprint.

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Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule

Wraps | Penguin, London, 1988 - 170 pages
ISBN 14002719X

8th Penguin reprint. Larger format.

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