"At the rate
The world
Is going
It will
Be
Poor old
Everybody."

J.P. Donleavy
from
The Onion Eaters

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Donleavy comments in an interview that this book differs from all of his
other fiction in that it is the only work in which all the characters are socially
climbing downward. British star, Martin Clunes, visited Donleavy in Ireland
a few years ago to try to buy the rights to adapt The Onion Eaters for
British television. The outcome is still being researched. Anyone know if it
was ever produced and aired?

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The Onion Eaters

Cloth | Delacorte Press, NY, 1971, 306 pages.

First trade edition.

The Onion Eaters

Cloth | E&S (Eyre & Spottiswoode Ltd.),
London, 1971 - 334 pages.

First UK edition. Red boards with gold
foil stamped emblem title & publisher's logo.

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The Onion Eaters

Cloth | BCA (Book Club Associates),
London, 1971, 334 pages.

Very similar in appearance to the E&S edition.
Only difference on dust jackets is the publisher's
logo on the spine. However, boards beneath jacket
are blue and the foil stamped title and logo are
silver. This is the UK bookclub hardcover
edition, and ironically, since most book sellers
eschew bookclub editions, this edition is now
harder to find than the UK trade edition.

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The Onion Eaters

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1972,
290 pages. ISBN 014003496X

First UK paperback edition.

The Onion Eaters

Wraps | Dell, New York, June 1972,
ISBN 44006643125 - 335 pages

First US mass market paperback edition.

The Onion Eaters

Wraps | Dell, New York, Aug. 1972,
ISBN 44006643125 - 335 pages

2nd Dell printing.

De unieneters

Wraps | De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam,
1972 - ISBN 9023404033 - 338 pages

Dutch translation.

 

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The Onion Eaters

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England,
1975 - 290 pages - ISBN 014003496X

First Penguin reprint.
 

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The Onion Eaters

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1977,
290 pages - ISBN 014003496X

Second Penguin reprint.
 

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The Onion Eaters

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1978,
290 pages - ISBN 014003496X

Third Penguin reprint.
 

The Onion Eaters

No photo yet.
Edition being sought.

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 19??,
290 pages - ISBN 014003496X

4th Penguin reprint.
 

The Onion Eaters

No photo yet.
Edition being sought.

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 19??,
290 pages - ISBN 014003496X

5th Penguin reprint.
 

The Onion Eaters

No photo yet.
Edition being sought.

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 19??,
290 pages - ISBN 014003496X

6th Penguin reprint.
 

The Onion Eaters

No photo yet.
Edition being sought.

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 19??,
290 pages - ISBN 014003496X

7th Penguin reprint.
 

The Onion Eaters

No photo yet.
Edition being sought.

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 19??,
290 pages - ISBN 014003496X

8th Penguin reprint.
 

No photo yet.
Edition being sought.

The Onion Eaters

Wraps | Dell, NY, 1981 - ISBN 014003496X

Bowker's "Books Out of Print" lists this edition as
the last Dell printing. I'm looking for a copy and will
add the cover and other information upon finding it.
There are probably other reprint editions between that
of Aug. 1972 (shown above) and this last Dell edition.
Again, as they are located, they will be added to this page.

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The Onion Eaters

Wraps | Penguin, London, England, 19??, 290 pages.
ISBN 014003496X

9th reprint. No date given.
 

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The Onion Eaters

Wraps | Penguin, London, England, 19??, 290 pages.
ISBN 014003496X

10th reprint. No date given.
 

Mangeurs d'oignons

No photo yet.
Edition being sought.

Binding? | Lien à la collection: 10-18, Paris 1995 - 381 pages
ISBN 2264001585

French translation.

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