J. P. Donleavy (Novelist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

J. P. Donleavy

James Patrick Donleavy was an Irish/American novelist and playwright. His best-known work is the novel The Ginger Man, which was initially banned for obscenity.

Born: James Patrick Donleavy, April 23, 1926, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: September 11, 2017, Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland
Alma mater: Trinity College, Dublin
Known for: The Ginger Man, A Fairy Tale of New York
Children: 2
Parent(s): Patrick Donleavy, Margaret
Awards: Bord Gáis Lifetime Achievement Award
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About J. P. Donleavy

Irish-American novelist and playwright who is known for such works as The Ginger Man and A Fairy Tale of New York. The former work made the Modern Library’s list of the 100 Best novels.

Before Fame

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and later moved to Ireland.


He declared himself an atheist at the age of fourteen.

Family Life

He was the New York-born son of Irish parents. He had two children with his first wife Valerie Heron. He later married Mary Wilson Price.


He and James George Frazer both studied at Trinity College.

Information related to J. P. Donleavy

  • American emigrants to Ireland
  • Irish novelists
  • Irish male writers
  • Irish dramatists and playwrights
  • Postmodern writers

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Latest information about J. P. Donleavy updated on September 10, 2020.

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