Paris: A Seymour Lawrence Book / Delacourt Press, 1958. First Complete Unexpurgated Edition. Cloth. 8vo (8 1/2" x 5 7/8"), green cloth with gold lettering on spine and blind-stamped title & author's signature on front cover, archival mylar-protected deep blue and green dust jacket (unclipped), publisher's black topstain, deep blue endpapers, 347 pages. Fine / Very Good. Item #4631
A HIGH SPOT in overall Near Fine Condition. Internally tight and clean. Externally, the colorful dust jacket has some rubbing and light soil plus a few clean nicks (mainly noticeable on the back panel).
The novel is set in Dublin during 1947. It deals with the drunken and sexual encounters of a married law student attending Trinity college. The sexually explicit quasi-autobiographical novel was immediately banned in Ireland and America due to supposed "obscenity." Nevertheless, Donleavy's humorous rogue Sebastian Dangerfield has joined the canon of the best 20th century literature as well as a cult classic. The first American "Revised Edition" was published by McDowell-Obolensky in 1958. Forty years later, The Ginger Man was named one of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century by the Modern Library.
Donleavy (1926 - 2017) also wrote The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B, The Onion Eaters, and A Singular Man. He was also an accomplished artist.