Preoccupations

Selected Prose, 1968-1978

Seamus Heaney

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Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney's first collection of prose, Preoccupations, begins with a vivid account of his early years on his father's farm in Northern Ireland and his coming of age as a student and teacher in Belfast. Subsequent essays include critical work on Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Robert Lowell, William Butler Yeats, John Montague, Patrick Kavanagh, Ted Hughes, Geoffrey Hill, and Philip Larkin.

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Praise for Preoccupations

"Collected lectures and reviews by the gifted Irish poet Seamus Heaney . . . dealing intimately with composition as an act of mind more profound than mere rhetoric, and showing how the circumstances of composition extend to the most urgent, painful historical questions."--Robert Pinsky, The New York Times Book Review

"We should feel privileged when a poet admits us to his workshop, as Seamus Heaney seems to do in Preoccupations."--John Montague, The Guardian

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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 was born in 1939 in Northern Ireland. His award-winning books of poetry include The Haw Lantern (FSG, 1987), Seeing Things (FSG, 1991), and The Spirit Level (FSG, 1996). A resident of Dublin, he has taught at Oxford and Harvard.

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Preoccupations
Selected Prose, 1968-1978
Seamus Heaney

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
September 1981
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ISBN: 9780374516505
ISBN10: 0374516502
6 x 8 inches, 224 pages
$19.00

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January 2014
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ISBN: 9781466855755
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224 pages
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