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A Fairy Tale of New York

(1973)
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A Fairy Tale of New York is a funny, lusty, and sad novel of comic genius. 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.

    

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September 1973 : UK Hardback
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Title: Fairy Tale of New York
Author(s): J P Donleavy
ISBN: 0-413-45030-9 / 978-0-413-45030-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
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September 1973 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Fairy Tale of New York
Author(s): James Patrick Donleavy
ISBN: 0-440-02624-5 / 978-0-440-02624-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Paperback Editions

January 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Fairy Tale of New York (Donleavy, J. P.)
Author(s): J P Donleavy
ISBN: 0-87113-264-8 / 978-0-87113-264-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
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December 1989 : USA Paperback

Title: A Fairy Tale of New York
Author(s): James Patrick Donleavy
ISBN: 0-910278-15-6 / 978-0-910278-15-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
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March 1975 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Fairy Tale of New York
Author(s): J P Donleavy
ISBN: 0-14-003964-3 / 978-0-14-003964-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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October 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Fairy Tale of New York
Author(s): J P Donleavy
Publisher: The Lilliput Press
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December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Fairy Tale of New York (Donleavy, J. P.)
Author(s): J P Donleavy
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
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