Nobelist Poet Heaney Dies At 74

He was the third Irishman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, after Yeats and Samuel Beckett. (That’s right: no James Joyce.) Seamus Heaney, who won the big award in 1995, died Friday after a half-century exploring the wild beauty of Ireland and the political torment within the nation’s soul. Heaney’s family and publisher, Faber & Faber, said in a statement that Heaney died in a Dublin hospital. He had been recuperating from a stroke since 2006. Listen to Heaney reading his work here.

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