Seamus Heaney, winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, was born in 1939 in County Derry, Northern Ireland. He is a Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and held the chair of Professor of Poetry at Oxford University from 1989 to 1994.
Mr. Heaney’s works include twelve books of poetry, four books of criticism—Preoccupations: Selected Prose 1968–1978 (1980), The Government of the Tongue (1989), The Redress of Poetry (1995), and Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001(2002)—and three translations, a version of Sophocles’ Philoctetes The Cure at Troy (1990), Diary of One Who Vanished: A Song Cycle by Leoš Janácek of Poems by Ozef Kalda (2000), and Beowulf (2000). He is also co‑translator, with Stanislaw Baranczak, of Laments (FSG, 1995) by Jan Kochanowski. His translation of The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles’ Antigone (FSG, 2004) won the 2004 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement.
Nine of Mr. Heaney’s poetry collections have been published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux: Field Work (1979), Poems: 1965–1975 (1980), Sweeney Astray (1984), Station Island (1985), The Haw Lantern (1987), Selected Poems 1966‑1987 (1990), Seeing Things (1991), The Spirit Level (1996), Opened Ground: Selected Poems 1966–1996, (1998) and Electric Light (2001). Heaney’s poems have also appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Ploughshares, The New York Review of Books, and Antaeus. FSG has also published a collection of essays that Mr. Heaney co‑authored with Joseph Brodsky and Derek Walcott entitled Homage to Robert Frost (1996). District and Circle, his latest collection of poetry, will be published in paperback by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in April 2007.