Heaney, Seamus ~ Eleven Poems (The Third Issue)
Festival publications, Belfast : 1967
Festival publications.Belfast, 1967. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good++. No Jacket (As issued). The Third Issue of the first edition, with a B/W musician illustration to the front cover. Original green publisher's wrappers. The BOOK is in VERY GOOD++ or better condition. Staples mildly rusted as usual with some spotting near the spine. One small ink tick at the top of the first poem. Some page edge tanning otherwise bright and clean pages. Overall, a lovely copy of an extremely scarce title, the author's first printed publication. Eleven Poems is Heaney's first published book of poetry, published privately by Festival Publications at the Queen's University of Belfast in Northern Ireland. Heaney attended Queen's University of Belfast as an undergraduate and graduate student, where he studied English literature and wrote poetry. After graduating, Heaney became associated with a group of young Belfast poets known as 'The Group', an organization assembled by Queen's University lecturer Philip Hobsbaum. During this time, Heaney's poetry was being published by The Belfast Telegraph and The Irish Times. Fittingly, Heaney, who would come to be hailed as the greatest Irish poet since Yeats, and whose poetry is given 'its distinctive strength' by 'the acute observation of the [Irish] countryside and its people', released his first collection locally. 'Eleven Poems' advertises the 1966 publication of Heaney's first major work 'Death of Naturalist' by Faber and Faber, which would begin Heaney's long career of publishing award-winning poetry. Very scarce.
CONDITION: Very Good++