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J.P. Donleavy from the play
The Saddest Summer of Samuel S

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this title, including non-
English language editions,
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 Other editions of published Donleavy plays exist and are being sought to add to
this bibliography, among them The Saddest Summer of Samuel S published in 1972,
publisher information not known at this time.
 

Later Penguin printings of Donleavy titles (circa '80s) list a Penguin edition titled
The Plays of J.P. Donleavy, containing six plays: The Ginger Man, A Singular Man,
The Saddest Summer of Samuel S & Fairy Tales of New York (as in the earlier
Penguin edition titled J. P. Donleavy - The Plays), plus The Beastly Beatitudes
of Balthazar B
and a play I have yet to find any information on called The Venereal
in the Vernacular
. At this point it appears doubtful that this Penguin edition was
actually published and distributed, but I am still searching nonetheless.

For more on Donleavy's plays, including a list of performances with production credits,
visit the page
J.P. Donleavy - Playwright.

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What They Did in Dublin (with) The Ginger Man - a play

Cloth | MacGibbon & Kee Ltd, London, 1961 - 156  pages

First UK edition of the play adaptation of The Ginger Man.
Because of the typesetting on the cover of this edition, it's
often incorrectly listed by booksellers as a play titled
"What They Did in Dublin with The Ginger Man."
It is actually the play version of The Ginger Man
with an introduction by Donleavy describing the events
leading to the forced closing of the first Dublin production,
titled "What They did in Dublin."

 

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The Ginger Man

Cloth | Random House, New York, 1961 - 156  pages

First US edition. This edition is titled so there is no
confusion: The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy
With an Introduction What They Did in Dublin
by the author.

 

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Fairy Tales of New York

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1961 - 94  pages

First UK edition. The bookseller I purchased this copy
from listed that this edition was published before the
US edition, making it the true first. I have yet to confirm
this but am listing it first for now upon that information.
Both editions simply state a publication date of 1961.

 

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Fairy Tales of New York

Cloth | Random House, New York, 1961 - 118  pages

First US edition.

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A Singular Man

Cloth | The Bodley Head (an imprint of Penguin), London,
1965 - 104  pages

First UK edition.

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The Plays of J.P. Donleavy

Cloth | Delacorte Press, New York, 1972 - 442  pages

First US trade edition. Contains The Ginger Man,
A Singular Man, Fairy Tales of New York and
The Saddest Summer of Samuel S along with a
classic dedication and introduction by Donleavy.

Der Feuerkopf

Wraps | Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Germany, 19??
124  pages

German translation and printing of the play
The Ginger Man. No date given. I am researching
this edition to determine if it was authorized
or not. Special thanks to Hanne Behrens, who
through her
Antiquarit Labyrinth in Hannover
helped the JPDC acquire this and most of the other
German Donleavy editions in this bibliography.

The Plays of J.P. Donleavy

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1974 - 351  pages

First US trade edition. Contains The Ginger Man, A Singular Man
Fairy Tales of New York and The Saddest Summer of Samuel S
along with a classic dedication and introduction by Donleavy.

The Plays of J.P. Donleavy

Wraps | Delta (Dell), New York, August., 1972
442  pages

First Delta Printing.

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The Plays of J.P. Donleavy

Wraps | Delta (Dell), New York, August, 1978
442  pages - ISBN 0440570158

Second Delta Printing.

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