Finders Keepers: Selected Prose, 1971-2001by Seamus Heaney
Finders Keepers is a literary landmark, an indispensable companion to Seamus Heaney's poetry for any reader: the most complete one-volume edition of his prose to date. Whether autobiographical, topical or specifically literary, these writings circle the central preoccupying questions of 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 selections from the poet's three prose collections (Preoccupations, The Government of the Tongue and The Redress of Poetry), the present volume includes a rich variety of pieces not previously collected in books, ranging from formal lectures to radio commentaries about the rural Ireland of Heaney's childhood to illuminating reviews of his contemporaries. In its soundings of a wide range of poets -- Irish and British, American and Eastern European; his predecessors, fellows and successors -- Finders Keepers becomes, as its title heralds, an announcement of both excitement and possession.
“[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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Meet the Author
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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