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Seamus Heaney was born in Mossbawn, Ireland on April 13, 1939. He received a degree in English from Queen's College in Belfast in 1961. After earning his teacher's certificate in English from St. Joseph's College in Belfast the following year, he took a position at the school as an English teacher. During his time as a teacher at St. Joseph's, he wrote and published work in the university magazine under the pen name Incertus. In 1966, he became an English literature lecturer at Queen's College in Belfast. His first volume of poems, Death of a Naturalist, went on to receive the E.C. Gregory Award, the Cholmondeley Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. After the death of his parents, Heaney published the poetry volumes The Haw Lantern, which includes a sonnet sequence memorializing his mother, and Seeing Things, a collection containing numerous poems for his father. His other works included Field Work, Opened Ground: Poems 1966-1996, and Human Chain. Heaney was a professor at Harvard from 1981 to 1997 and its Poet in Residence from 1988 to 2006. From 1989 to 1994 he was also the Professor of Poetry at Oxford and in 1996 was made a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres. Other awards that he received include the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize (1968), the E. M. Forster Award (1975), the PEN Translation Prize (1985), the Golden Wreath of Poetry (2001), T. S. Eliot Prize (2006) and two Whitbread Prizes (1996 and 1999). In 2012, he was awarded the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry. His literary papers are held by the National Library of Ireland. He died following a short illness on August 30, 2013 at the age of 74. Heaney's last words were in a text to his wife Marie, "Noli timere", which means "Do not be afraid." (Bowker Author Biography) Seamus Heaney lives in Dublin and teaches at Harvard University. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1995. (Publisher Provided) Seamus Heaney was born in 1939 in Northern Ireland. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. A resident of Dublin, he has taught poetry at Oxford University and Harvard University. (Publisher Provided)
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Opened Ground: Poems 1966–1996 1,345 copies, 8 reviews
Selected Poems, 1966-1987 1,091 copies, 10 reviews
The Rattle Bag (Editor) 847 copies, 12 reviews
Beowulf: A Verse Translation [Norton Critical Edition] (Translator; Translator) 783 copies, 9 reviews
Death of a Naturalist 634 copies, 7 reviews
District and Circle 594 copies, 6 reviews
The Spirit Level 551 copies, 6 reviews
North 452 copies, 6 reviews
Seeing Things 448 copies, 2 reviews
Electric Light 425 copies, 6 reviews
Station Island 393 copies, 3 reviews
Field Work 373 copies, 3 reviews
Human Chain 365 copies, 13 reviews
The redress of poetry 324 copies, 1 review
The Haw Lantern 286 copies
Sweeney Astray 267 copies, 3 reviews
Aeneid: Book VI [in translation] (Translator) 181 copies, 3 reviews
The School Bag (Editor) 175 copies
Door into the Dark 137 copies, 1 review
Wintering Out 133 copies
Selected Poems 1988-2013 103 copies, 1 review
100 Poems 83 copies, 1 review
Beowulf: abridged audio 72 copies, 10 reviews
Homage to Robert Frost (Contributor) 53 copies
Collected Poems 11 copies, 1 review
Tonen som kom 7 copies
Seamus Heaney 6 copies
Poèmes, 1966-1984 5 copies, 1 review
Ukkosvaloa 4 copies
Vattenpasset 3 copies
Poesie scelte 3 copies
Gift 2 copies
44 wiersze 2 copies
Conlán 2 copies
Salmagundi 1 copy
Ploughshares 20: Spring 1980 (Guest Editor) 1 copy
Tree Clock 1 copy
W.B. Yeats 1 copy
Bog Poems 1 copy
Laments 1 copy
Beowulf (Introduction, some editions; Translator, some editions; Narrator, some editions) 21,199 copies, 300 reviews
The Nation's Favourite Poems (Author, some editions) 568 copies, 7 reviews
A Way of Life, Like Any Other (Introduction) 293 copies, 7 reviews
The Faber Book of Modern Verse (Contributor, some editions) 266 copies, 2 reviews
W. B. Yeats: Poems Selected by Seamus Heaney (Editor, some editions) 258 copies, 3 reviews
The People of the Sea: A Journey in Search of the Seal Legend (Introduction, some editions) 191 copies, 3 reviews
The Penguin Book of Irish Verse (Contributor) 177 copies
The Art of Losing (Contributor) 166 copies, 20 reviews
British Poetry Since 1945 (Contributor, some editions) 154 copies, 2 reviews
After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (Contributor) 142 copies
Granta 111: Going Back (Contributor) 103 copies
Emergency Kit (Contributor, some editions) 100 copies, 1 review
Laments (Translator, some editions) 71 copies
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (Contributor) 56 copies, 1 review
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (Contributor) 30 copies, 1 review
Poets from the North of Ireland (Contributor) 28 copies
AQA Anthology (Author, some editions) 18 copies
Modern Poets: Four (Author) 17 copies
The Finest Music: Early Irish Lyrics (Contributor) 17 copies
The New Salmagundi Reader (Contributor) 2 copies

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Born in Londonderry in 1939, Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney is among the best in Northern Irish literature. Heaney is considered one of the greatest poets of the late twentieth century, with a spectrum of awards received in his lifetime, including the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. His most famous volume, Death of a Naturalist (1966) explored his childhood in Northern Ireland, from Roman Catholic influences, political life, and the death of his younger brother at age four, in ‘Mid-term Break’ (1966). As a Professor of Poetry at Harvard and Oxford University, he became a Professor at his own institution, Queen’s University, Belfast, which opened the Seamus Heaney centre for poetry in 2003.
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