Literary Techniques

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The novelist's literary technique seemed to emerge full-blown, in its mature artistic form; little he has written since 1955 indicates any...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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Spirited discussions of The Ginger Man are likely to begin with assessments of the hero's character and how individual readers "read"...

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Social Concerns

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The most important of Donleavy's books, The Ginger Man contains the germ of his subsequent fictions. The main social concerns contrast...

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(Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Donleavy, J. P. The History of the Ginger Man. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. Donleavy chronicles the composition and publication history of The Ginger Man. Donleavy’s memoir also offers insights into the Dublin adventures and companions who inspired the novel.

Donleavy, J. P. “Only for the Moment I Am Saying Nothing.” Interview by Thomas E. Kennedy. Literary Review 68 (Summer, 1997): 655-671. An interview with Donleavy focusing on various issues concerning his career and personal life. Donleavy discusses writing The Ginger Man and the controversy surrounding its publication. Kennedy includes a useful bibliography of Donleavy’s published writings.

Masinton, Charles G. J. P. Donleavy: The Style of His Sadness and Humor. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University Press, 1975. An analysis of Donleavy’s use of sadness and humor in The Ginger Man.

Morse, Donald E. “American Readings of J. P. Donleavy’s The Ginger Man.” Eire-Ireland: A Journal of Irish Studies 26 (Fall, 1991): 128-138. Morse explores the treatment of the novel in American criticism and discusses the American reaction to the use of slang, myth, and Irish values depicted in the novel.

Norstedt, Johann A. “Irishmen and Irish-Americans in the Fiction of J. P. Donleavy.” In Irish-American Fiction: Essays in Criticism, edited by Daniel J. Casey and Robert E. Rhodes. New York: AMS, 1979. Examines Donleavy’s characterization of the Irish in his novels.

Shaw, Patrick W. “The Satire of J. P. Donleavy’s Ginger Man.” Studies in Contemporary Satire 12 (1985): 22-26. Shaw analyzes Sebastian Dangerfield as a picaro and explores the novel’s satirical themes.

Literary Precedents

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Although itself a thoroughly original creation in technique and theme, The Ginger Man comes out of a distinguished tradition of...

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Donleavy himself adapted The Ginger Man for the stage, and the play, extensively bowdlerized from the novel, has enjoyed several...

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