Wrong Information is Being Given Out at Princeton by James Patrick Donleavy
The Chronicle of One of the Strangest Stories Ever to Be Rumoured about Around New York

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Alfonso Stephen O'Kelly, known as Stephen, son of rumored former bootleggers, ex-naval gunner, unemployed composer, student of dairy cattle in Wisconsin and of music in Italy, has little to recommend him as a marriage prospect but his tender heart, his chivalry, and his comprehensible knowledge of the great city of New York. So when the exquisitely pneumatic and extraordinarily wealthy Sylvia Triumphington, adored adoptive heiress to the Triumphington family fortune, sets her sights on him, Stephen is taken by surprise.

In marrying into the Trumpington millions, however, Stephen gets rather more than he bargained for. If it where just the gorgeous Sylvia, with her unexpected enthusiasm for rough sex, her obsession for finding her real mother, and her tendency to spend Stephen's nonexistent money rather than draw a cent from her own, presumably overflowing, coffers, things would be fine. But there is also her unpredictable adoptive father, who responds rather badly to any request for a handout. And then their is Sylvia's elegant, insatiable adoptive mother Drusilla, to whom Stephen finds himself inconveniently and conspicuously attracted.

Shuttling between his marital home--a two-room walk-up on the edge of the Bowery--and the Triumpingtons' lavish Upper East Side apartment, Stephen has little time or energy to pursue his dreams of achieving musical glory, and he has more misgivings by the day. It would seem to Stephen that the very rich are secretly different, but not exempt from tragedy, or even from wrong information.

Featuring fourteen elegant and witty original illustrations by Elliott Banfield, the artist whose drawings so enhanced the colorful antics of The Lady Who Like Clean Restrooms, Wrong Information Is Being Given Out At Princeton is a poem to a great city, an elegy on passion, a glorious, irreverent, picaresque journey--it is J.P Donleavy at his extraordinary best.


About James Patrick Donleavy

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James Patrick Donleavy, 1926 - James (aka, Mike) Donleavy was born in New York on April 23, 1926 to Irish immigrants. He served in the Navy during WWII and afterwards, attended Trinity College in Dublin. He began as a painter to gain entry into the London gallery scene but he was told that he would have to be famous to have his work shown, which he decided to do, but as a writer. Donleavy's first novel was "The Ginger Man," which took years to complete and even more to get published because of the explicit sex for that time. It was finally published by Maurice Girodias, who also published a series of pornographic fiction called the Traveler's Companion Series. Donleavy tried to save his credibility as an author by trying to arrange for the book to be published in the UK and agreeing to alter the work to avert censorship. Donleavy is also an accomplished playwright as well as the scriptwriter, narrator and lead of the film/video J.P. Donleavy's Ireland. Donleavy's received several awards which include Most Promising Playwright Award, 1960, for Fairy Tales of New York; Brandeis Creative Arts Award, 1961&62, for the plays The Ginger Man and Fairy Tales of New York; Citation from National Institute & American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1975; Worldfest Houston Gold Award, 1992, for the film J.P. Donleavy's Ireland and the Cine Golden Eagle Award, 1993, for writer and narrator of the film J.P. Donleavy's Ireland. He was listed in the Modern Library's Best 100 Novels of the Century for "The Ginger Man," which also was ranked #7 in Best-selling Books of All Time in Ireland.
Published January 1, 1998 by Little Brown. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What does a nice Yank lad from the Bronx find in his heart to write about, long years after he's hightailed it to Dublin and set himself up as a full-time Paddy?

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Judging by his previous novel, The Lady Who Liked Clean Restrooms, and this new one, Donleavy, most famous for The Ginger Man (it was banned in America in 1955), seems fixated on odd or disagreeable people whose bizarre behavior puts them on society's margins.

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