HEANEY, Seamus

Eleven Poems

Belfast: Festival Publications, 1965



8vo, 14 pp. unpaginated, stapled paper wrappers. A little light browning to wrappers, otherwise a near fine copy.



First edition, first issue, with the purple nine-point star to front wrapper. The extremely scarce pamphlet which launched the career of a Nobel laureate.

Heaney's first publication, comprising many of the poems that would appear in his first collection Death Of A Naturalist the following year. Eleven Poems was privately published by Queen's University -- Heaney's alma mater,and his place of work as a lecturer in Modern English Literature from 1966. It was one in a series of Festival publications drawing attention to the work of the nascent Belfast Group of poets, among them Derek Mahon, Michael Longley, Stewart Parker, and the group's founder Philip Hobsbaum.

The book exists in three states: this, the first issue; a second issue (1966) featuring a darker, ten-point star on the front wrapper; and a completely redesigned third issue which appeared in 1967. As well as being the most desirable, the first issue is by far the scarcest.





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