J. P. Donleavy

(b. 1926)

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(1926– ),

novelist, born in Brooklyn of Irish parents, an Irish citizen since 1967. He is best known for The Ginger Man (1955), a comic and bawdy account, much influenced by Joyce, of Sebastian Dangerfield's adventures as a law student in Dublin. His other novels include A Singular Man (1964), The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B (1968), The Destinies of Darcy Dancer, Gentleman (1977), Schultz (1979), Are You Listening Rabbi Löw? (1987), and That Darcy, That Dancer, That Gentleman (1990). He has also written several plays, including Fairy Tales of New York (1960). The History of the Ginger Man, an autobiography, was published in 1993.

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