A COMIC GENIUS
The Hard Life. An exegesis of squalor.
London: Hart-Davis, MacGibbon, 1961. First edition. pp. 156, . Red and black papered boards, title in gilt on spine. Mild foxing to endpapers. A very good copy in a very good pictorial dust jacket.
“Had I never heard of the author, and were this the first book of Flann O’Brien’s I had read, I would say we had among us a comic genius who would give Ireland her Tristram Shandy. He could do so. I hope he will” – Terence de Vere White,1961.