Paris: Olympia Press, 1955. First edition. Original printed green wraps with later 9 francs sticker obscuring the price on the rear panel. A Near Fine copy on account of a small rub to the front wrap and a few small creases to the crown of the spine. Internally fresh and unmarked. Signed by the author on the half title. Housed in a custom clamshell.
Set in Dublin and banned in the U.S. and Ireland for obscenity, Dunleavy's The Ginger Man was first printed in Paris by the Olympia Press' pornography imprint after being rejected by numerous other publishers. Despite this -- and Dunleavy's own legal suit against the press -- the novel has gained acclaim, selling over 45 million copies worldwide and never falling out of print. One of Modern Library's 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century, Jay McInerney wrote that "the book has undoubtedly launched thousands of benders, but it has also inspired scores of writers with its vivid and visceral narrative voice and the sheer poetry of its prose." Near Fine (Item #4496)