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Seamus Heaney

Nobel-prize winning Irish author, poet, and playwright.

13/04/1939 - 30/08/2013

Seamus Heaney biography and information

Seamus Justin Heaney was an Irish poet, playwright, translator and lecturor, and the recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. In the early 1960s he became a lecturer in Belfast after attending university there and began to publish poetry. He lived in Sandymount, Dublin from 1972 until his death.

Heaney was born at his family farmhouse called Mossbawn, between Castledawson and Toomebridge in Northern Ireland. He was the first of nine children. In 1953 his family moved to Bellaghy, which is now the family home. His work often deals with the local surroundings of Ireland, particularly Nothern Ireland, where he was born. Heaney is considered one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, with his works spanning decades and the multitude of honours and awards that he has received. Upon his death, Heaney's books made up two-thirds of the sales of living poets in the UK.

Heaney's main collections of poetry include Death of a Naturalist, Wintering Out, Seeing Things, The Spirit Level, and his most recent work before his death, Human Chain. He has also written two plays, and has a multitude of limited editions and booklets of his poetry and prose. If anyone should be able to die satisfied, Seamus Heaney certainly fits the bill.

Book and writing awards

Heaney has received many prestigious honours and awards, including the Nobel Prize in Literature (1995) and the Golden Wreath of Poetry (2001). He has also received the E.M. Forster Award (1975), the T.S. Eliot Prize for District and Circle, Poetry Now Award for Human Chain and the Griffin Poetry Prize Lifetime Recognition Award.

Similar authors to Seamus Heaney

Robert Frost and W.B. Yeats.

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Books by Seamus Heaney

Beowulf
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Death of a Naturalist
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Beowulf
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Wintering Out
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New and Selected Poems
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Station Island
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Seamus Heaney
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Death of a Naturalist
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The Haw Lantern
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Finders Keepers
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Door into the Dark
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Electric Light
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The Cure at Troy
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Spelling it Out
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Barrie Cooke
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Seamus Heaney, 1939 - 2013

Posted on 30th Aug, 2013

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