The Cure at Troy. Limited Signed Edition (1990)
Author: Seamus Heaney
Book ID: 66833
The Cure at Troy. After ‘Philoctetes’ by Sophocles. Derry: Field Day, 1990. First Edition, Limited Issue. Pp, 81. Fine copy in pictorial dust jacket .
Limited Edition of 500 Numbered copies, Signed by the Author, additionally signed by Heaney on the title page.
Seamus Heaney’s version of Philoctetes, by Sophocles, the play written in the 5th Century B.C., set before us the predicament of the outcast hero, philoctetes, whom the Greeks marooned on the island Lemnos and forgot about until the closing stages of the Siege of Troy. The Greeks were forced to return to Lemnos and sue for Philoctetses’ support to win the Trojan War.
Heaney’s version is well known for its lines, quoted by Bill Clinton in his remarks to the community in Derry in 1995 during the Northern Ireland Peace Process:
“History says, Don’t hope on this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme.”