Seamus Heaney Biography

Seamus Heaney, biography of the 1995 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, was the eldest of nine children born to Margaret and Patrick Heaney in County Derry, Northern Ireland.

BIOGRAPHY

Seamus Heaney, recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature, was the eldest of nine children born to Margaret and Patrick Heaney in County Derry, Northern Ireland. He was educated at St. Columb's College and studied literature at Queen's Univerity. He received his teacher's certificate at St. Joseph's College and was a lecturer at both Queen's University and St. Joseph's College. Later he was a visiting lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley and taught at Carysfort College in Dublin.

Heaney's first volume of poetry, DEATH OF A NATURALIST, was published in 1966. In addition to eleven volumes of poetry, he has also produced prose essays and the drama THE CURE AT TROY: A VERSION OF SOPHOCLES' PHILOCTETES.

Heaney now splits his time between Ireland and the United States where he is Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory.

CHRONOLOGY

1939 He was born in County Derry, Northern Ireland.

1951 He won a scholarship to St. Columb's College.

1957 He began studying literature at Queen's University.

1961 He took a teacher's certificate at St. Joseph's College in Belfast.

1963 He became a lecturer at St. Joseph's College.

1965 He became a lecturer at Queen's University.; He married Marie Devlin.

1966 DEATH OF A NATURALIST; His son, Michael, was born.

1968 His son, Christopher, was born.

1969 DOOR INTO THE DARK

1970 He was a visiting lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley.



1971 He returned to Northern Ireland.

1972 WINTERING OUT; He moved to the Republic of Ireland.

1973 His daughter, Catherine Ann, was born. He began his term serving on The Arts Council in the Republic of Ireland.

1975 He began teaching at Carysfort College in Dublin.

1976 He moved with his family to Dublin.

1978 His term ended on The Arts Council in the Republic of Ireland.

1979 NORTH

1980 SELECTED POEMS 1965-1975, PREOCCUPATIONS: SELECTED PROSE 1968-1978

1981 He became a visiting professor at Harvard.

1984 SWEENEY ASTRAY, A VERSION FROM THE IRISH BY SEAMUS HEANEY, STATION ISLAND; He was named Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University.; His mother died.

1987 THE HAW LANTERN

1988 THE GOVERNMENT OF THE TONGUE

1989 THE PLACE OF WRITING; He became Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.

1990 NEW SELECTED POEMS 1966-1987

1991 SEEING THINGS, THE CURE AT TROY: A VERSION OF SOPHOCLES' PHILOCTETES

1993 A COLLECTIONOF CRITICAL ESSAYS

1995 THE REDRESS OF POETRY: OXFORD LECTURES; He was made a Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture; He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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