Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry, Northern Ireland in 1939. “Death
of a Naturalist”, his first book, appeared in 1966, and since then he has
published poetry, criticism and translations which have established him
as one of the leading poets of his generation. He has twice won the Whitebread
Book of the Year, for “The Spirit Level” in 1996 and “Beowulf” in 1999.
In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.