Finders Keepers is a gathering of Seamus Heaney's prose of three decades.
Whether autobiographical, topical or specifically literary, these essays and lectures circle the central preoccupying questions: How should a poet properly live and write?
What is his relationship to be to his own voice, his own place, his literary heritage and the contemporary world?
As well as being a selection from the poet's three previous collections of prose (Preoccupations, The Government of the Tongue and The Redress of Poetry), the present volume includes material from 'The Place of Writing', a series of lectures delivered at Emory University in 1988.
Also included are a rich variety of pieces not previously collected in volume form, ranging from short newspaper articles to more extended lectures and contributions to books.
In its soundings of a wide range of poets - Irish and British, American and East European, predecessors and contemporaries - Finders Keepers is, as its title indicates, 'an announcement of both excitement and possession'.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 07/04/2003
- Category: Literary essays
- ISBN: 9780571210916