With a foreword by J.P. Donleavy. Illustrated. Dublin: Lilliput Press, 1987. Demy octavo. pp. xiv, 168. Maroon papered boards, titled in gilt. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. Scarce. €75 John Ryan (1925-1992), broadcaster, critic, painter, publican, editor and publisher. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College and the National College of Art. He was the founder-editor of ‘Envoy’ a monthly review of art and literature which was published between 1949 and 1951. This, together with his ownership of the ‘Bailey’, brought him into contact with the leading writers of that period, and this work relates his reminiscences of them, including Behan, Kavanagh, Donleavy, Myles na gCopaleen, etc. “The best book about literary Dublin ever written” - Frank Delaney.
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