"I'm dying. I'm dying."
 "Shut the water off first."

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

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Short and bittersweet, Donleavy's novella The Saddest Summer of Samuel S was
among the first works published by the Seymour Lawrence Delacorte Press imprint.
The story has also been adapted for the stage and appears in the US and UK editions
of Donleavy's collected plays.

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The Saddest Summer of Samuel S

Cloth | Delacorte Press, New York, January 1966
124 pages

First trade edition. The first printing does not state
it is a first edition or first printing, but all reprints
list the first edition. If your copy has just the 1966
copyright notice with no other printing information
it is the first edition, first printing.

Wonderful cover art is a circa '60s classic by graphic
designer/illustrator great Milton Glaser.

The Saddest Summer of Samuel S

Cloth | Delacorte Press, New York, March 1966
124 pages

Second Delacorte Press printing. Identical to first
printing, except for publishing history data on
front end papers.

The Saddest Summer of Samuel S

Cloth | Delacorte Press, New York, June 1966
124 pages

Third Delacorte Press printing. Identical to prior
printings, except for publishing history data on
front end papers.

The Saddest Summer of Samuel S

Cloth | Eyre & Spottiswoode, Ltd., London, 1967
125 pages

First UK edition.

The Saddest Summer of Samuel S

Wraps | Dell, New York, January 1967
93 pages

First US mass paperback edition.

The Saddest Summer of Samuel S

Wraps | Dell, New York, April 1967
93 pages

Second Dell printing.

The Saddest Summer of Samuel S

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1968
122 pages

First UK paperback edition.

sorgmodig sommer

Wraps | gyldendal, Denmark, 1969
95 pages

Danish translation. Paperback with dust jacket.

De somberste zomer van Samuel S

Wraps | Literair Paspoor #32 - De Bezige Bij
Meulenhoff, Amsterdam, 1969 - 87 pages

Dutch translation.

Schlimmer Sommer fur Samuel S

Binding? | Luchterhand, Neuwied, 1970
? pages

German translation.

The Saddest Summer of Samuel S

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1972
122 pages - ISBN 0140028323

First Penguin reprint. Penguin logo shifted from
left side of author's name, as in first printing, to
the right.

The Saddest Summer of Samuel S

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1974
122 pages - ISBN 0140028323

Second Penguin reprint.

The Saddest Summer of Samuel S
& Meet My Maker the Mad Molecule

Wraps | Dell, New York, Sept.1975
258  pages (combined) - ISBN 44005937175

First Dell Laurel printing of what (to date)
has been the only edition of two Donleavy
fiction works combined in a single volume.

The Saddest Summer of Samuel S

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1976
122 pages - ISBN 0140028323

Third Penguin reprint.

The Saddest Summer of Samuel S

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1979
122 pages - ISBN 0140028323

Fourth Penguin reprint.

The Saddest Summer of Samuel S
& Meet My Maker the Mad Molecule

Wraps | Dell, New York, June, 1979
258  pages (combined) - ISBN 44005937175

Second Dell Laurel printing.

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