March Hares collects thirty years of Aidan Higgins’s essays, papers, and diaries, offering reflections on modern literature, modern readers, and Higgins’s own experience of the literary life in the twentieth century. In witty, insightful, often musical prose, Higgins discusses and draws connections between a wide array of major literary figures, including Melville, Flaubert, Joyce, Beckett, O’Brien, Olson, and Pinter.
Aidan Higgins, born in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland in 1927, wrote short stories, novels, travel pieces, radio plays, and a large body of criticism. A consummate stylist, his writing is lush and complex. His books include Scenes from a Receding Past, Bornholm Night-Ferry,Balcony of Europe, and Langrishe, Go Down, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1966 and was later adapted for television by Harold Pinter.