Title: Seamus Heaney, typescript of an interview by John Haffenden, and an annotated copy of 'Station Island'.
Classmark: BC MS 20c Heaney
Creator(s): Heaney, Seamus (1939-2013)
Main language: English
Size and medium: 20 ff.; 1 vol.; 1 vol (222pp); 4ff; manuscript, typescript, and printed material.
Collection group(s): English Literature
(1) An incomplete typescript of Heaney's interview with John Haffenden in January 1979 concerning Heaney's life and poetry with the latter's autograph manuscript revisions;
(2) A copy of 'Station Island' (1984) with the author's autograph manuscript revisions to the text, signed and dated 'September 13 1990'.
(3) A copy of 'James Joyce & Modern Literature' (1982) collection of essays signed by many of the authors on an early page, and again on the first page of their contribution. Includes 'Leaving the Island' by Seamus Heaney [see item 4].
(4) Typescript of Heaney's poem 'Leaving the Island' with autograph manuscript corrections and revisions and a covering note describing the piece.
Seamus Heaney, the Northern Irish Catholic poet, was born in Mossbawn, County Derry, in 1939 and educated at St Columb's College and Queen's University, Belfast, to which he returned after a few years schoolteaching as a lecturer in 1965. That same year he married Marie Devlin, and in 1966 published his first book of poems, 'Death of a Naturalist'. After two more collections and a year in California, he became a full-time writer in the Irish Republic. In 1984 he was appointed Boyleston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard, and in 1989 he became Professor of Poetry at Oxford. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
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