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The Ginger Man


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Paris: Olympia Press, 1955. 8vo, pp. 353. Original green stiff card wrappers, lettered in black to panels and spine. Very light indentations to rear panel (see below), otherwise an absolutely fine, unread copy. First edition, first issue of the author's first novel, without the green border to title page, and with the earlier price ('Francs: 1.500') to rear panel. The Ginger Man had been rejected by upwards of thirty publishers on the grounds of obscenity before finding a home in Paris with Maurice Girodias' Olympia Press, for whom its obscenity was its chief appeal. Donleavy was delighted to have found a publisher, and delighted to have found one who had recently published work by Beckett, Bataille and Genet. He was less delighted when The Ginger Man appeared in 1955, on a list including books called White Thighs, The Whip Angels, and The Sexual Life Of Robinson Crusoe -- all of which were advertised in the back of his book. Massive litigation and counter-litigation followed, conducted in a number of countries and over two decades, and when the dust finally settled not only had Donleavy won the rights to his book back, but he also owned the Olympia Press. All of which sometimes overshadows the fact that The Ginger Man is the brilliant debut of a major talent which, in 1998, was voted by the Modern Library one of the 100 best novels of the twentieth century. At some point in its life this copy found itself at the bottom of a pile of books held together by two elastic bands, which has left a very, very light pair of indentations to the rear panel. This indignity aside the book is in superlative condition, absolutely fine and unread. Kearney: 7.7.1


Feckless, unwashed, charming, penurious Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield, Trinity College Law student, Irish American with an English Accent, maroon in the ould country and dreaming of dollars and ready women, stumbles from the public house to the pawnbrokers, murmuring delusive enticements in the ear of any girl who'll listen, in delirious search of freedom, wealth, and the recognition he feels is his due. Lyrical and ribald, illuminating, poignant and hugely entertaining, The Ginger Man is a work of authentic comic genius.

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