Sweeney Astray. A Version from the Irish. New York: Giroux. 1984. Limited edition of 350 Copies, Signed by Heaney (164). Illustrated by Barrie Cook. New York: Giroux. 1984. Green cloth, gilt lettering to spine, spine lightly sunned otherwise a fine copy in publisher's slipcase.
Heaney's version of Buile Suibhne, one of the major achievements of medieval literature. The story centres on the fate of Sweeney, the king of Dal-Arie in Ulster, who was cursed by a saint, turned into a bird, and driven astray for many years until the curse was fulfilled by his death.