Death of a Naturalist. First Edition (1966)
Book ID: 62535
Death of a Naturalist. London: Faber & Faber, 1966. First Edition. Pp, 57. Green cloth boards in publisher’s dust jacket (salmon and white, lettered in black). With minor fading along spine, not price clipped, and one tiny brown spot on front of dust jacket. Contents in fine condition.
Heaney’s inaugural collection & first major work in hard back which won the Cholmondeley Award, the E.C. Gregory Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in year of publication. A year earlier he published a collection in wrappers entitled ‘Eleven Poems’ while still a student in Queen’s University, Belfast.
‘His words give us the soil-reek of Ireland, the colourful violence of his childhood on a farm in Derry. The full-blooded energy of these poems makes Death of a Naturalist the best first book of poems I’ve read for some time.’ – C.B. Cox in the Spectator