"Wearing red underwear
the mere suggestion of
undress is frightening."

J.P. Donleavy from
A Singular Man

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Although Donleavy began work on the novel A Fairy Tale of New York following
completion of The Ginger Man, his second completed and published novel was
A Singular Man. His interview in Paris Review #63 (see
JPD Interviews for more)
explains why he found it impossible at the time to finish A Fairy Tale of New York
but was able to write A Singular Man.

As if Donleavy hadn't had enough publishing woes with The Ginger Man, Little,
Brown & Co. gave him grief by delaying publication of A Singular Man, claiming
their legal department had become concerned with possible obscenity litigation that
might arise if the book were to be published unexpurgated. Now quite well-experienced
in dealing with publishers, Donleavy drafted a letter to Little, Brown & Co., threatening
to sue for breech of contract if the book, as submitted, was not published in short order.
His sizable amount of damages asked (down to the penny) panicked the publishers making
them think Donleavy had found some legal precedent unknown to them, and they relented
and published the book.

In several interviews, when asked if he has a favorite of his works, Donleavy states,
"A Singular Man."

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A Singular Man

Cloth | Atlantic Monthly Press/Little, Brown & Co.,
Boston, 1964 - 402 pages
 

First trade edition. Although the front end paper
states a copyright date of 1963, this first edition was
not actually issued until 1964.

According to an interview with publisher Seymour
Lawrence, the cover art was based on the actual
manuscript as submitted by Donleavy.
 

Special thanks to
Thomas E. Kennedy,
whose photos of
Donleavy's library
revealed the existence
of the 3 Bodley Head
first UK edition
variants.

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A Singular Man

Cloth | The Bodely Head (an imprint of Penguin),
London, 1964 - 340 pages
 

One of three First UK edition variants, the only
difference being the colors on the dust jacket, this
one having orange-red boxes around the spine and
front cover titles and subheads.

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No photo yet;
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A Singular Man

Cloth | The Bodely Head (an imprint of Penguin),
London, 1964 - 340 pages
 

"Yellow" variant of first UK edition.

A Singular Man

Cloth | The Bodely Head (an imprint of Penguin),
London, 1964 - 340 pages
 

"Blue" variant of first UK edition.

A Singular Man

Cloth | Atlantic Monthly Press/Little, Brown & Co.,
Boston, 19?? (no publication date given)  - 402 pages
 

Second Atlantic/Little, Brown printing. No date given
apart from the original copyright date of 1963. Dust
jacket and boards identical to first printing.

A Singular Man

Cloth | Atlantic Monthly Press/Little, Brown & Co.,
Boston, 19?? (no publication date given) - 402 pages
 

Third Atlantic/Little, Brown printing. No date given
apart from the original copyright date of 1963. Dust
jacket and boards identical to first printing.

A Singular Man

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1966
349 pages
 

First paperback edition. Black covers and spine.

Un uomo singolare

Binding? | Publisher?, Milano, 1966
 

Italian translation.

A Singular Man

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1967
349 pages
 

First Penguin reprint. Black covers with
orange spine.

A Singular Man

Cloth | Delacorte Press, New York, 1967
402  pages
 

First Delacorte edition.

A Singular Man

Wraps | Dell, New York, September 1967
304  pages
 

First US paperback edition.

Kawatta Otoko

Binding? | Kawade Shobo Shinsha, Tokyo, 1967
349 pages
 

Japanese translation.

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A Singular Man

Wraps | Dell, NY, April 1968 - 304  pages
 

Second Dell printing.

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No photo yet;
edition being sought.

No photo yet;
edition being sought.

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edition being sought.

A Singular Man

Wraps | Delta, (an imprint of Dell) New York,
September 1968 - 402  pages
 

First Delta printing.

Ein ängstlicher Held

Binding? | Kindler, München 1968 -
 

German translation.

Un hombre extraño, un hombre singular

Binding? | Publisher & City? 1968 -
 

Spanish translation.

A Singular Man

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1970
ISBN 140024476 -  349 pages
 

Third Penguin reprint with slightly different front
cover from previous printings and completely
different back cover.

Un Homme singulier

Wraps | Denoël, Paris 1971 - 381 pages
 

French translation.

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A Singular Man

Cloth | The Bodley Head (an imprint of Penguin),
London 1972 - ISBN 0370005724 - 340 pages
 

Second Bodley Head printing with entirely new
dust jacket art. Dark gray boards.

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No photo yet;
edition being sought.

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A Singular Man

Wraps | Dell, Laurel edition, September, 1973
ISBN 0440379416 - 304 pages
 

First Dell Laurel printing.

A Singular Man

Wraps | Dell, Laurel edition, December, 1973
ISBN 0440379416 - 304 pages
 

Second Dell Laurel printing.

A Singular Man

Wraps | Dell, Laurel edition, August, 1975
ISBN 0440379416 - 304 pages
 

Third Dell Laurel printing.

En säregen man

Binding? | Wahlström & Widstrand, Stockholm 1975 - ? pages
 

Swedish translation.

A Singular Man

Wraps | Dell, Laurel edition, June, 1979
ISBN 0440379416 - 304 pages
 

Fourth Dell Laurel printing.

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A Singular Man

Cloth | The Bodley Head (an imprint of Penguin),
London 1979 - ISBN 0370005724 - 340 pages
 

Third Bodley Head printing. Dust jacket same
as 2nd printing, but boards are grayish-green.

No photo yet;
edition being sought.

Een man zonder weerga

Binding? | Meulenhaoff, Amsterdam 1984
ISBN 9029011106 - 379 pages
 

Dutch translation.

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A Singular Man

Wraps | Atlantic Monthly Press (now Grove/Atlantic)
New York, 1989 - ISBN 0971132656 - 402 pages
 

First AMP printing.

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Un hombre singular

Cloth | Edhasa, Barcelona, 1989
ISBN 8435008053 - 424 pages
 

Spanish translation. As of Jan., 2000
still available from publisher.

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