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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) — biography from Opened Ground: Poems 1966–1996… (more)
Opened Ground: Poems 1966–1996 1,443 copies, 8 reviews
Selected Poems, 1966-1987 1,199 copies, 11 reviews
The Rattle Bag (Editor) 899 copies, 12 reviews
Beowulf: A Verse Translation [Norton Critical Edition] (Translator; Translator) 864 copies, 9 reviews
Death of a Naturalist 704 copies, 8 reviews
District and Circle 624 copies, 6 reviews
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North 489 copies, 6 reviews
Seeing Things 478 copies, 2 reviews
Electric Light 447 copies, 6 reviews
Station Island 417 copies, 3 reviews
Human Chain 411 copies, 13 reviews
Field Work 399 copies, 4 reviews
The redress of poetry 347 copies, 1 review
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Sweeney Astray 295 copies, 3 reviews
Aeneid: Book VI [in translation] (Translator) 207 copies, 3 reviews
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Door into the Dark 144 copies, 1 review
Wintering Out 142 copies
Selected Poems 1988-2013 131 copies, 2 reviews
100 Poems 123 copies, 1 review
Beowulf: abridged audio 76 copies, 10 reviews
Homage to Robert Frost (Contributor) 63 copies
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Conlán 2 copies
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Ploughshares 20: Spring 1980 (Guest Editor) 1 copy
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Tree Clock 1 copy
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Salmagundi 1 copy
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Beowulf (Introduction, some editions; Translator, some editions; Narrator, some editions) 24,430 copies, 329 reviews
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The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 9th Edition, Volume A (Translator, some editions) 398 copies, 1 review
A Way of Life, Like Any Other (Introduction) 306 copies, 8 reviews
W. B. Yeats: Poems Selected by Seamus Heaney (Editor, some editions) 281 copies, 4 reviews
The Faber Book of Modern Verse (Contributor, some editions) 281 copies, 2 reviews
The People of the Sea: A Journey in Search of the Seal Legend (Introduction, some editions) 215 copies, 3 reviews
The Art of Losing (Contributor) 189 copies, 20 reviews
The Penguin Book of Irish Verse (Contributor) 188 copies
British Poetry Since 1945 (Contributor, some editions) 162 copies, 2 reviews
After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (Contributor) 153 copies
The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation (Foreword, some editions) 147 copies, 2 reviews
Granta 111: Going Back (Contributor) 110 copies
Emergency Kit (Contributor, some editions) 107 copies, 1 review
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Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (Contributor) 68 copies, 2 reviews
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (Contributor) 62 copies, 1 review
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (Contributor) 32 copies, 1 review
Poets from the North of Ireland (Contributor) 29 copies
One World of Literature (Contributor) 23 copies
The Finest Music: Early Irish Lyrics (Contributor) 20 copies
AQA Anthology (Author, some editions) 19 copies
Modern Poets: Four (Author) 17 copies
The New Salmagundi Reader (Contributor) 3 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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