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Seamus Heaney (1939-2013), Poet and Nobel Prize winner

Seamus Justin Heaney

Sitter in 23 portraits
Seamus Heaney was born at Mossbawn, and has lived in Dublin since 1976. His publications include Death of a Naturalist (1966), Door into the Dark (1969), The Haw Lantern (1987) and The Spirit Level (1996). His modern translation of the Anglo-Saxon poem, Beowulf, won him a second Whitbread Book of the Year Prize in 2000. Heaney held the chair of Professor of Poetry at Oxford University from 1989 until 1994 and Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard from 1985 to 1998. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995.

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Seamus Heaney

by Mark Gerson
cibachrome print from original transparency, June 1996
NPG x76834


Seamus Heaney

by David Barry
C-type colour print, 1991
NPG x134044