Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) was born in Northern Ireland. Death of a Naturalist, his first collection of poems, appeared in 1966 and was followed by numerous volumes of poetry, plays, criticism, and translation, establishing him as one of the leading English-language poets of his generation. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His translation of Virgil's Aeneid Book VI was published posthumously in 2016 to great critical acclaim.
"100 Poems--a short, career-spanning selection--completes a project that Heaney began during his lifetime. Compiled by Heaney's 'immediate family, ' with a preface by his daughter Catherine, it highlights his work as a poet of friendship and family, of careful and long-felt affiliation, not only to land and language but to the people who stayed with him throughout the decades. . . . as 100 Poems emphasizes, for any of his admirers who have not noticed--Heaney remained a poet of attachments. In life and in death, he would not work alone."--Stephanie Burt, The New Yorker"Most great poets leave behind a fistful of classic poems. Heaney's oeuvre is so vast and varied there's an even hundred, from the sad realism of "Wedding" to "Clearances," his poignant poem about potato peeling with his mother, to "Digging," the credo of any seeker with a pen and a history to uncover. They're all collected here in one handy handsome volume, the new best selection of his work yet." -John Freeman, Literary Hub