James Patrick Donleavy


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James Patrick Donleavy (born 23 April 1926, New York City) is an Irish American author.

Born to Irish emigrant parents, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war ended he moved to Ireland. In 1946 he began studying at Trinity College, Dublin, but left before taking a degree. He was first published in the Dublin literary periodical, Envoy. He gained critical acclaim ... more »

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  • ''Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.''
    J.P. (James Patrick) Donleavy (b. 1926), Irish-American novelist. Playboy (Chicago, May 1979).
  • ''When I die I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin.''
    J.P. (James Patrick) Donleavy (b. 1926), U.S. author. Sebastian Dangerfield, in The Ginger Man, ch. 31 (1955).
  • ''To marry the Irish is to look for poverty.''
    J.P. (James Patrick) Donleavy (b. 1926), U.S. author. The Ginger Man, ch. 2 (1955).
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