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Seamus Heaney Literary Papers,


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In Collection: Seamus Heaney Literary Papers, 1963-2010
Description: The Seamus Heaney Literary Papers consist for the most part of literary drafts of Heaney's poetry, prose criticism, verse translations and drama, from his associations to the Belfast Group in the early 1960's, the publication of his first collection 'Death of a Naturalist' (1966), through to his 2010 poetry collection 'Human Chain'. Drafts of all his major poetry collections are represented, alongside his prose writings (reviews, newspaper articles and critical essays and lectures, some of which were later collected in 'The Government of the Tongue' and 'The Redress of Poetry'), his translations of the work of poets Brian Merriman, Jan Kochanowski, Leos Janacek and Robert Henryson and his dramatic works 'The Cure at Troy' and 'The Burial at Thebes'. Among the drafts is related documentation which sheds light on his collaborations with both English National Opera and the Abbey Theatre, his interaction with publishers in the UK, Ireland and America and his schedule of public appearances. There is, in addition, fragmentary correspondence, covering the years 1963 to 2008. The literary drafts themselves include extensive manuscript and typescript worksheets, often heavily annotated, and a number of notebooks which contain manuscript drafts, alongside occasional diary entries and his jottings in which he reflects on the origins and progress of his creative ideas.
Main Creator: Heaney, Seamus, 1939-2013
Created: 1963-2010
Citation: National Library of Ireland. Department of Manuscripts.
Language: English
Extent: 19 boxes
Call Number: MS 49,493/1-284 (Manuscripts Reading Room)
Rights: Subject to the provisions of the Copyright Act 2000, the papers in this collection are in copyright. It is necessary to obtain the express permission of the copyright owner before reproducing any material from this collection.