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Author J.P. Donleavy, who met scorn and then celebration with 'The Ginger Man,' dies at 91

Author J.P. Donleavy, who met scorn and then celebration with 'The Ginger Man,' dies at 91

J.P. Donleavy, the incorrigible Irish American author and playwright whose ribald debut novel "The Ginger Man" met scorn, censorship and eventually celebration as a groundbreaking classic, has died at age 91.

Donleavy, a native New Yorker who lived his final years on an estate west of Dublin, died Monday in Ireland. His death was confirmed by personal assistant Deborah Goss.

The author of more than a dozen books, he sometimes was compared to James Joyce as a prose stylist, but also was admired for his sense of humor. "The Ginger Man," first published in 1955,...

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