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Nobel Prize Winner Seamus Heaney Gives Reading, Commentary at OWU

April 15, 2004

[ Seamus Heaney Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Seamus Heaney, who won the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature, will present a reading with commentary at Gray Chapel on Wednesday, April 21, at 8 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Heaney's first book of poetry, Eleven Poems, was published in 1965. Since then he has written Death of a Naturalist, Door into the Dark, Wintering Out, North, Field Work, Selected Poems, Station Island, The Haw Lantern, Seeing Things, Open Ground, and Electric Light. His prose includes Preoccupations and a collection of essays, Finders Keepers. Heaney's translations include Beowulf, from the Anglo-Saxon, Sophocles' Philoctetes.

Heaney's career has spanned decades and genres, making him as well known for his personal and political poetry, as for his wide-ranging translations. Modern American poet Robert Lowell called Heaney "the most important Irish poet since Yeats." The New York Times Book said of Heaney, "Anyone who reads poetry has reason to rejoice at living in the age when Seamus Heaney is writing."

In 1995 Heaney was given the Nobel Prize for Literature "for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past." He is the recipient of many other prizes including the Denis Devin Award and the Writer in Residence Award from the American Irish Foundation, the E.M. Forster Award, the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the Bennett Award, and the Whitbread Prize for his translation of Beowulf.

In 1982, Queen's University in Belfast conferred Heaney with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. He is also the former Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University.

For more information about Heaney's reading, call 740-368-3570.