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Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney was born in Derry in 1939.

A major figure in the world of literature, his work encompasses poetry, criticism, theatre and translation.

Major poetry collections include
Death of a Naturalist (London, Faber and Faber, 1966); Door Into the Dark (London, Faber and Faber, 1969); Wintering Out (London, Faber and Faber, 1972); North (London, Faber and Faber, 1975); Field Work ( London & Boston : Faber and Faber, 1979); Selected Poems, 1965-1975 (London & Boston, Faber and Faber, 1980); Poems, 1965-1975 (New York, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1980); Station Island (London/Boston, Faber and Faber, 1984); The Haw Lantern (New York, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1987); New Selected Poems, 1966-1987 (London, Faber and Faber, 1990); Seeing Things (New York, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1991); The Spirit Level (London/Boston, Faber and Faber, 1996); Opened Ground: Poems, 1966-1996 (Faber, 1998; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999); Electric Light (Faber, 2001); District and Circle (Faber & Faber, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006); and Human Chain (Faber & Faber, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010).

His prose includes Preoccupations: Selected Prose, 1968-1978 (New York,Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1980); The Government of the Tongue: the 1986 T.S. Eliot Memorial Lectures and Other Critical Writings (London, Faber and Faber, 1988); and The Redress of Poetry: An Inaugural Lecture Delivered Before the University of Oxford on 24 October, 1989 (Oxford, Clarendon Press; New York, Oxford University Press, 1990).

He published two plays, The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles’ Philoctetes (London, Faber and Faber in association with Field Day, 1990); and a translation, The Burial at Thebes: Sophocles’ Antigone (Faber & Faber, 2004); Along with Ted Hughes, he edited The Rattle Bag (London & Boston, Faber and Faber, 1982).

Seamus Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. He died in August 2013.