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R. F. Foster is Professor of Irish History and Literature at Queen Mary University of London and Emeritus Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford. His many books include Modern Ireland: 1600-1972, the two-volume W. B. Yeats: A Life, and, most recently, Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923. Foster's writing has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Review of Books, the Irish Times, and many other publications. He lives in London.


"[A] succinct but insightful critical biography that puts the poetry of Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) firmly in the context of his life and times . . . This reflective and incisive study works both as an academic research aid and as an accessible primer for general poetry readers." * Publishers Weekly *
"Foster colours in around the Heaney-shaped effigy that we all know [making] this work engrossing. . . . [Foster's] attention to detail and that ability to give a full picture of the man parallel to charting the punctuation points of his writing achievements are undeniably impressive."---Hilary A. White, Irish Independent
"[An] excellent new study."---James Parker, The Atlantic
"A timely perspective on the Northern Irish troubles as experienced and responded to in Heaney's work."---Fiona O'Connor, Morning Star
"As one would expect of Foster, the suavest Irish historian of his generation, the handling of Irish contexts . . . is impeccable."---David Wheatley, Literary Review

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