Other literary forms
All of the principal works produced by J. P. Donleavy (DUHN-lee-vee) are novels, but some of theprotagonists and central situations of these novels are explored in other literary forms. A Fairy Tale of New York is derived from the play Fairy Tales of New York (pb. 1961) and the short story “A Fairy Tale of New York” (1961), later collected in Donleavy’s volume of short stories Meet My Maker the Mad Molecule (1964). Donleavy adapted several of his published novels for the stage: The Ginger Man (pr. 1959), A Singular Man (pb. 1965), The Saddest Summer of Samuel S (pb. 1972), and The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B (pr. 1981). He also wrote a book of satiric nonfiction, The Unexpurgated Code: A Complete Manual of Survival and Manners (1975). Among Donleavy’s limited production of occasional pieces are two important autobiographical essays: “What They Did in Dublin,” an introduction to his play The Ginger Man, and “An Expatriate Looks at America,” which appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in 1976. He explored his Irish heritage in J. P. Donleavy’s Ireland: In All Her Sins and Some of Her Graces (1986), A Singular Country (1990), and The History of the Ginger Man (1994).