F. R. Higgins - Oil on Canvas by Sean O'Sullivan
(courtesy of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin)

Frederick Robert Higgins (1896-1941) was a poet and a managing director of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. He was a contemporary of W.B. Yeats.

His five collections of poems are:

The Gap of Brightness was reviewed in the Irish Times by the distinguished literary critic Desmond MacCarthy in July 1940, the year before F.R. Higgins died. He wrote:-

"This slender volume has impressed me more than any recent verse that I have come across. The spirit of Mr. Higgins keeps close to experience, yet it is gallant, wistful, extravagant and free, while his pencraft - I must repeat this - is a joy to those who love words that fit the thing."