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Finders Keepers

Selected Prose 1971-2001

Seamus Heaney

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Winner of the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism

Finders Keepers collects Seamus Heaney's best prose of the last three decades. Whether autobiographical, topical, or specifically literary, these writings circle the preoccupying questions of Heaney's long and important 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), this volume includes Heaney's finest lectures and a rich variety of pieces not previously collected in book form, from short newspaper articles to radio commentaries. In its clear and challenging soundings on a wide range of poets and poetics—Irish and British, American and Eastern European, predecessors and contemporaries—Finders Keepers is, as its title heralds, "an announcement of both excitement and possession."

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Praise for Finders Keepers

“[Heaney’s] approach to poetry—sensitive but tolerant, and attentive to beauty above all—suffuses Finders Keepers. It will delight those who have come to love Heaney’s own rich and humane verse.” —Adam Kirsch, The Boston Globe
 
"A collection of Heaney's biographical reminiscences and frequently rhapsodic but meticulous critical essays. Heaney's is a lifelong romance with words." — Christina Cho, The New York Times Book Review
 
"[Heaney's] critical prose can be as impassioned and as musical as the verse he's explicating...Heaney takes us to those places where we can find the genuine consolation that literature can provide." — Charles Matthews, The Seattle Times

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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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • 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."

  • Seamus Heaney Keith Barnes
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Finders Keepers

Selected Prose 1971-2001

Seamus Heaney

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