Seamus Heaney Biography

Seamus Justin Heaney, MRIA was an Irish poet, playwright, translator and lecturer, and the recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. In the early 1960s, he became a lecturer in Belfast after attending university there and began to publish poetry. He lived in Sandymount, Dublin, from 1972 until his death.

Heaney was a professor at Harvard from 1981 to 1997 and its Poet in Residence from 1988 to 2006. From 1989 to 1994 he was also the Professor of Poetry at Oxford and in 1996 was made a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres. Other awards that he received include the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the E. M. Forster Award, the PEN Translation Prize, the Golden Wreath of Poetry, T. S. Eliot Prize and two Whitbread Prizes. In 2012, he was awarded the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry. His literary papers are held by the National Library of Ireland.

Robert Lowell called him "the most important Irish poet since Yeats" and many others, including the academic John Sutherland, have echoed the sentiment that he was "the greatest poet of our age". Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Seamus Heaney
Nationality:
Republic of Ireland
Profession:
Poet, Writer, Author, Playwright, Translator, Educator, Actor
Ethnicity:
Irish people
Religion:
Catholicism
Date of Birth:
April 13, 1939
Astrological Sign:
Aries
Date of Death:
August 30, 2013
Age at Death:
74
Cause of Death:
Complications from a stroke
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