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JP Donleavy, Harper’s Bazaar

JP Donleavy, Harper’s Bazaar

It isn’t often that a book provokes not just one, but three legal battles. But then The Ginger Man isn’t your average novel. When Irish-American writer JP Donleavy penned his scandalous debut in 1955, the world (Ireland especially), wasn’t ready for it or its lusty, violent anti-hero Sebastian Dangerfield. Not that the book was without its plaudits: Dorothy Parker called it a ‘work of rare genius’; and it became essential reading for generations of young rebels, going on to sell 50 million copies worldwide – it hasn’t ever been out of print.

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