Seamus Heaney read for the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series on two occasions: May 3, 1985 and April 7, 1991. The Literary Legacy of Seamus Heaney (2014) was held in his honor at the Folger after his passing in 2013.
Seamus Heaney was a Northern Ireland native and winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was the author of over 30 books of poetry, prose, and translations, including District and Circle, Field Work, Human Chain, and Beowulf. He had received numerous awards and honors including the T. S. Eliot Prize, the PEN Translation Prize, and two Whitbread Prizes. In 2012, he was awarded the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry. Heaney was both the Harvard and the Oxford Professor of Poetry and lived in Dublin.
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