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Stepping Stones Interviews With Seamus Heaney (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0374531935
ISBN-13: 9780374531935
Sku: 211579173
Publish Date: 3/30/2010
Pages:  522
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An account of the life and work of the renowned contemporary poet charts his experiences before and after winning the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature while discussing the artistic and ethical challenges he faced during the years of the Ulster Troubles. Reprint.
Widely regarded as the finest poet of his generation, Seamus Heaney is the subject of numerous critical studies, but no book-length portrait has appeared before now. Through his own lively and eloquent reminiscences, Stepping Stones retraces the poet’s steps from his first exploratory testing of the ground as an infant to what he called his “moon-walk” to the podium to receive the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. It also fascinatingly charts his post-Nobel life and is supplemented with a number of photographs, many from the Heaney family album and published here for the first time. In response to firm but subtle questioning from Dennis O’Driscoll, Heaney sheds a personal light on his work (poems, essays, translations, plays) and on the artistic and ethical challenges he faced during the dark years of the Ulster Troubles. Combining the spontaneity of animated conversation with the considered qualities of the best autobiographical writing, Stepping Stones provides an original, diverting, and absorbing store of reflections and recollections. Scholars and general readers alike are brought closer to the work, life, and creative development of a charismatic and lavishly gifted poet whose latest collection, District and Circle, was awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2007.
Drawn from years of long insightful interviews, STEPPING STONES provides a fascinating look into the life, mind, and language of Nobel-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Dennis O'Driscoll's wonderful book explores a wide variety of avenues and grows into something much more than merely a companion to Heaney's poetry--it reads at times like a brilliantly composed autobiography by the poet himself.


"The book is a collection of questions and answers, compiled largely by correspondence, over a period of some seven years....The replies are tantamount to, while not pre-empting, an autobiography, by someone who says he 'inclines toward discretion' but is not a 'self-concealing person.' This is a forthright though not a confessional book, inclined both to 'elevated stuff' and to jokes." - Karl Miller 12/19/2008

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0522
Product attributePublisher:   Farrar Straus Giroux
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