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James Patrick Donleavy (born April 23, 1926 New York City) is an Irish American author, born to Irish immigrants. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II after which he moved to Ireland. In 1946 he began studies at Trinity College, Dublin, but left before taking a degree.

Donleavy gained critical acclaim with his first novel, The Ginger Man, which is one of the Modern Library 100 best novels. Correctly or incorrectly, his initial works are sometimes grouped with the Kitchen Sink artists as well as the Angry young men.


Personal life

Donleavy lives at Levington Park, a country house on 200 acres (0.81 km2) directly on Lough Owel, near the town of Mullingar—in the Irish Midlands [1]. He received his education at various schools in the US and from Trinity College, Dublin, 1946-49.

Donleavy married Valerie Heron in 1946 with two children, Philip born in 1951 and Karen, born in 1955, and they divorced in 1969. He married again in 1970 to Mary Wilson Price and they divorced in 1989 [1].

Born with Irish citizenship, he was later able to take advantage of Ireland's tax exemption for artists and writers, and continues to live there.



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James Patrick Donleavy (born 1926-04-23) is a U.S.-born Irish novelist and playwright.


  • When you don't have any money, the problem is food. When you have money, it's sex. When you have both it's health, you worry about getting rupture or something. If everything is simply jake then you're frightened of death.
  • All I want
    Is one break
    Which is not
    My neck.
    • The Ginger Man (1955; New York: Delacorte Press, 1973) p. 319.
  • Rid the mind of knowledge when looking for pleasure. Or start thinking and find a lot of pain.
    • The Saddest Summer of Samuel S (New York: Delacorte Press, 1966) pp. 62-3.
  • I got disappointed in human nature as well and gave it up because I found it too much like my own.
  • Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.
  • On Being Old. It's not nice but take comfort that you won't stay that way for ever.
    • The Unexpurgated Code: A Complete Manual of Survival & Manners (New York: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, 1975) p. 278.
  • The inhabitants will always see both sides of an argument so long as it can result in a fight.
    • "The Funeral of Denny Cordell" (1995), cited from An Author and his Image: The Collected Short Pieces (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1997) p. 178.

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