Finders Keepers

Selected Prose 1971-2001

Seamus Heaney

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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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 be to his own voice, his own place, his literary heritage and the contemporary world?"

Along with a selection from the poet's three previous collections of prose (Preoccupations, The Government of the Tongue, and The Redress of Poetry), the present volume includes Heaney's finest lectures and a rich variety of pieces not previously collected in volume form, ranging from short newspaper articles to radio commentaries. In its soundings of a wide range of poets -- Irish and British, American and Eastern European, predecessors and contemporaries -- Finders Keepers is, as its title indicates, "an announcement of both excitement and possession."

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Praise for Finders Keepers

"A brimming metaphoric energy . . a buoyant vivacity of description . . . reflective humor . . . and an imaginative penetration . . . unequalled in contemporary critical prose." --Helen Vendler, The New Yorker

Seamus Heaney's best prose of the last three decades -- work "as life-enhancing . . . as the poems it celebrates." --Andrew Motion, The Observer [London]

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Celebrating the Life and Work of Seamus Heaney | Work in Progress
Seamus Heaney’s death last week left a rift in our lives, and in poetry, that won’t easily be mended. A Nobel Laureate, a devoted husband, a sharp translator, a beloved friend, and the big-hearted leader of the “Government of the Tongue,” Seamus was a poet of conscience...
- FSG's Work in Progress


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Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. His poems, plays, translations, and essays include Opened Ground, Electric Light, Beowulf, The Spirit Level, District and Circle, and Finders Keepers. Robert Lowell praised Heaney as the "most important Irish poet since Yeats."

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Finders Keepers
Selected Prose 1971-2001
Seamus Heaney

Hardcover

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
June 2002
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374154967
ISBN10: 0374154961
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 464 pages
$30.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
April 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374528782
ISBN10: 0374528780
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 464 pages
$18.00

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February 2014
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ISBN: 9781466864061
ISBN10: 1466864060
464 pages
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