HEANEY, Seamus. Manuscript – Celtic Art: An Introduction, Ian Finlay. Single foolscap page, hand written critique by Seamus Heaney
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“It is one of the problems of trying to clarify the study of Celtic Art ... attracts the attention of sentimentalists and find itself linked with causes from Jacobitism to Art Nouveau. The Ossianic mists will never disperse ... “ Also included is part of a typed critique by Heaney of another book, one page: “It’s an examination of the history and origin of words associated with nature, words associated with the earth and its processes and seasons, names of birds, beasts, flowers, plants, insects .. Namegiving is one of the archetypal roles played by Adam ... The story Genesis is short and resonant ...” Also included are two postcards from Seamus Heaney to Kieran Sheedy, one from Detroit re documentary on John Field, Composer: “Off to Philadelphia, not in the morning but in 10 minutes ... Hope Field was all right in the end ... “ The second postcard is from Dublin (1976) concerning documentary about the troubled first production of O’Casey’s play ‘the Plough and the Stars’ in 1926: “both Marie and I wanted to say how excellent - historical, perfect, unrepeatable we thought the O’Casey documentary to be ... “. Together with a Proof Copy of Patrick Piggott’s book The Life and Music of John Field, 1782 - 1837, with scoring and correction possibly by Heaney. Provenance: Mr. Kieran Sheedy. In the early 1970’s Seamus Heaney presented an R.T.E. radio book programme ‘Imprint’ which was produced by K. Sheedy. They also broadcast a few radio documentaries, together, including one on composer John Field. Interesting collection
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