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by DONLEAVY**, J. P:

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UK,12mo wraps,p/back original,1st edn. [Paperback original denotes the first format and its first appearance in print of the book/title.Paperbacks usually follow on from the HB edn,but can be published at the same time as the HB edn,but p/back originals are published prior to any other format.This example,at the time (1961),was the ONLY British format preceding both the UK+US HB+ dw/dj,1st edns published simultaneously in 1973. There was a US edn/issue but only in 8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn also published in 1961,by Random House.] FINE-. Neat,black ink owner name to top internal edge of card cover and no price removal to cover.Bright, crisp,clean and sharp-cornered,matt,multi-coloured repeated geometric design illustrated covers with black lettering to front and author's thumbnail b/w portrait and black lettering to rear cover; with negligible shelf-wear or creasing to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present - and appears no reading creases to spine/backstrip - though there is one diagonal corner crease to top corner of pp23/4.Top+fore-edges though inevitably aged/toned are generally bright and clean - no foxing/spotting or other marks; contents bright,tight, clean,solid and sound - virtually pristine other than page-edge toning and one dog-ear reading crease to aforementioned pp23/4 corners,else appears unread - apart from my own collation.UK,slim 12mo wraps,p/back original,1st edn,9-93pp [paginated] includes Acts 1-4,plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,a contents list/table,cast+production notes with the 4 actors scenes in designated Acts of the play to it's reverse,last paginated page's reverse is unpaginated,as are the last 2pp blanks.
This play was first produced at the Pembroke Theatre-in-the-Round, Croydon,6 December with a cast of just four actors: Barry Foster,Robert Ayres,Harry Towb and Susan Hampshire and each playing several parts. It was an immediate success and Donleavy received the Evening Standard 'Most Promising Playwright Award'.
Milton Shulman wrote of it 'The writing is witty and sharp,the characters are brilliantly observed and the situations ping with authenticity.' Kenneth Tynan and the other critics were equally enthusiastic and the play was transferred complete with cast to the Comedy Theatre,London,24th January 1961.
J. P. Donleavy passed away in Ireland on September 14,2017 at the age of 91.
Returning from study abroad,Cornelius Christian enters customs with his luggage and his dead wife.His first encounter in New York is with a funeral director,with whom he reluctantly takes employment to pay for the burial expenses.In the course of his duties he meets the beautiful Fanny Sourpuss over her millionaire husband's dead body.However,his over-enthusiastic handling of his first corpse lands him in court.
Cornelius Christian wanders through the great sad cathedral that is New York,examining the human condition in all its comic pathos and lonely absurdity.Whether lingering in the Automat drinking from half empty coffee cups and stealing baked beans from the plates of customers who go looking for ketchup,or finding love on a street corner only to end up fighting his way out of a hooker's fists,Cornelius Christian,heroic anti-hero,sings of life's goodness in the wake of disaster.
Since April 2013,again in March 2015,and in this year too,the UK Post Office has altered it's Pricing in Proportion template,altering it's prices, weight allowances,dimensions and lowered it's qualifying compensation rates too!
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UK,12mo wraps,p/back Original,1st edn.
*q52*.MODERN FIRSTS2.UK,12mo wraps,p/back Original,1st edn.No ISBN. J. P. Donleavy_plays_playwright.The Ginger Man.Pembroke Theatre,Croydon.Comedy Theatre,London.Cornelius Christian.Stage play_drama.Books new,used,signed,rare.
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