Higgins, Aidan

Aidan Higgins
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Aidan Higgins was born in Celbridge, Co Kildare in 1927.

He has written short stories, travel pieces, radio drama and novels.

His novels include Langrishe Go Down (London, Calder & Boyars, 1966), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Irish Academy of Letters Award, and was filmed for television with a screenplay by Harold Pinter; Balcony of Europe (Calder & Boyars, 1972/New York, Delacorte, 1973), which was short-listed for the Booker Prize; Scenes from a Receding Past (John Calder/Dallas, Riverrun,1977); Bornholm Night-Ferry (London, Allison & Busby, 1983); and Lions of the Grunewald (Secker & Warburg, 1993).

His first collection of stories, Felo de Se (1960) was recommended by Samuel Beckett to his London publisher, John Calder, and subsequently published by Grove Press in New York and by Beckett’s own publisher in Paris.

His short fiction includes Felo de Se (London, John Calder, 1960 [as Killachter Meadow, New York, The Grove Press, 1961; and as Asylum and Other Stories, London, John Calder/Dallas, Riverrun, 1978]); Helsingor Station & Other Departures (London, Secker & Warburg, 1989); and Selected Fictions (Dalkey Archive Press, 1993).

His travel books include Images of Africa (London, Calder & Boyars,1971); Ronda Gorge & Other Precipices (Secker & Warburg, 1989); and Helsingør Station and Other Departures, Fictions and Autobiographies, 1956-1989 (Secker & Warburg, 1989.

He has also written several dramas for BBC Radio 3, and RTÉ Radio 1, collected as Darkling Plain: Texts for the Air (Dalkey Archive Press, 2010), and his autobiography, Donkey’s Years, was published by Secker & Warburg, 1995.

His criticism is collected as Windy Arbours: Collected Criticism (Illinois, Dalkey Archive Press, 2006).

He was a member of Aosdána, and lived in County Cork, where he died on December 27, 2015.

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Aidan Higgins at The National Library of Ireland