No of pages: 560
Other Editions: Hardback
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.
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