First Edition of the Nobel Prize-Winning Poets First Book Eleven Poems; Signed by Seamus Heaney
Item Number: 3749
Belfast: Festival Publications, 1965.
First edition, third issue of Heaney’s first work. Octavo, original green wrappers as issued. In near fine condition. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the front panel.
In 1957, Seamus Heaney travelled to Belfast to study English Language and Literature at Queen's University Belfast. During his time in Belfast, he found a copy of Ted Hughes's Lupercal, which spurred him to write poetry. "Suddenly, the matter of contemporary poetry was the material of my own life," he said. (BBC) He graduated in 1961 with a First Class Honours degree. In 1963, Heaney became a lecturer at St Joseph's and in the spring of 1963, after contributing various articles to local magazines, he came to the attention of Philip Hobsbaum, then an English lecturer at Queen's University. Hobsbaum set up a Belfast Group of local young poets and this would bring Heaney into contact with other Belfast poets such as Derek Mahon and Michael Longley. His first book, Eleven Poems, was published in November 1965 for the Queen's University Festival.