DeAlfonce Tennis: The Superlative Game of Eccentric Champions; Its History, Accoutrements, Rules, Conduct and Regimen. J. P. Donleavy.

DeAlfonce Tennis: The Superlative Game of Eccentric Champions; Its History, Accoutrements, Rules, Conduct and Regimen.

London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, [1984]. 8vo, xxi, 223 pp. Light blue boards, crimson dust-jacket, portrait of the author on the lower cover, as new. First UK edition, a better printed book than the smaller US edition. The dust-jacket portrait is not present on the US d/j.

James Patrick Donleavy (born April 23, 1926 New York City) is an Irish American author, born to Irish immigrants. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II after which he moved to Ireland. In 1946 he began studies at Trinity College, Dublin, but left before taking a degree.
He gained critical acclaim and fame with his first book, The Ginger Man; his initial works are sometimes grouped with the Kitchen Sink artists as well as the Angry young men. Though not really in the Beat tradition, Donleavy has been compared to Jack Kerouac. Item #104309

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