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Stepping Stones   by Dennis O'driscoll
  

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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 19 March 2009.

The fascinating life of The Nobel Prize winning poet is revealed through these interviews with Dennis O'Driscoll. The book also features a large number of photgraphs, many of which are published here for the first time.

Synopsis

Stepping Stones by Dennis O'driscoll

Widely regarded as the finest poet of his generation, Seamus Heaney is the subject of numerous critical studies; but no book-length portrait has appeared until now. Through his own lively and eloquent reminiscences, Stepping Stones retraces the poet’s steps from his first exploratory testing of the ground as an infant to what he called his ‘moon-walk’ to the podium at which he received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. It also fascinatingly charts his post-Nobel life and is supplemented with a large number of photographs, many from the Heaney family album and published here for the first time.

In response to firm but subtle questioning from Dennis O’Driscoll, Seamus Heaney sheds a personal light on his work (poems, essays, translations, plays) and on the artistic and ethical challenges he faced during the dark years of the Ulster ‘Troubles’. Combining the spontaneity of animated conversation with the considered qualities of the best autobiographical writing, Stepping Stones provides an original, diverting and absorbing store of reflections, opinions and recollections.

Scholars and general readers alike are brought closer to the work, life and creative development of a charismatic and lavishly gifted poet whose latest collection, District and Circle, was awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2007.

About the Author

Dennis O'Driscoll's previous publications include New and Selected Poems (2004), a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation, and Reality Check (2007). He is editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Poetry Quotations (2006), author of a collection of essays and reviews, Troubled Thoughts, Majestic Dreams, The Cambridge Companion to Seamus Heaney (2001), and a contributor to (2008). He works as a civil servant in Dublin.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th November 2008

Author

Dennis O'driscoll

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Publisher

Faber And Faber

Format

Hardback

Categories

Biography / Autobiography


ISBN

9780571242528

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