Finders Keepers Selected Prose, 1971-2001

ISBN-10: 0374528780
ISBN-13: 9780374528782
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Authors: Seamus Heaney
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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/16/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

A selection of the best of three decades of writing about poetry, a celebration of the “tenacious curiosity” (Los Angeles Times) of the Nobel laureate Whether autobiographical, topical, or specifically literary, these writings circle the central preoccupying questions of Seamus Heaney’s career: “How should a poet properly live and write? What is his relationship to his own voice, his own place, his literary heritage, and the contemporary world?” Along with a selection from Heaney’s three previous collections of prose (Preoccupations, The Government of the Tongue, and The Redress of Poetry), the present volume includes a rich variety of pieces not previously collected in books, ranging from formal lectures to radio commentaries about the rural Ireland of his childhood to illuminating reviews of his contemporaries. In its soundings of a wide range of poets—Irish and British, American and Eastern European, predecessors, fellows, and successors—Finders Keepers becomes, as its title heralds, “an announcement of both excitement and possession.”

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."

Foreword
Mossbawn
from Feeling into Words
Learning from Eliot
Belfast
Cessation 1994
Something to Write Home About
Earning a Rhyme
On Poetry and Professing
Englands of the Mind
Yeats as an Example?
Place and Displacement: Recent Poetry from Northern Ireland
The Placeless Heaven: Another Look at Kavanagh
The Main of Light
Atlas of Civilization
from Envies and Identifications: Dante and the Modern Poet
from The Government of the Tongue
from Sounding Auden
Lowell's Command
from The Indefatigable Hoof-Taps: Sylvia Plath
The Place of Writing
On W. B. Yeats and Thoor Ballylee
On Thomas Kinsella
Edwin Muir
from The Redress of Poetry
from Extending the Alphabet: Christopher Marlowe
John Clare's Prog
A Torchlight Procession of One: Hugh MacDiarmid
from Dylan the Durable? On Dylan Thomas
Joy or Night: Last Things in the Poetry of W. B. Yeats and Philip Larkin
from Counting to a Hundred: Elizabeth Bishop
Burns's Art Speech
Through-Other Places, Through-Other Times: The Irish Poet and Britain
Stevie Smith's Collected Poems
Joyce's Poetry
Italo Calvino's Mr Palomar
Paul Muldoon's The Annals of Chile
Norman MacCaig, 1910-1996
Joseph Brodsky, 1940-1996
On Ted Hughes's 'Littleblood'
Secular and Millennial Milosz
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