Seamus Deane


Born
in Derry, Northern Ireland
February 09, 1940

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Poet, critic, novelist, and educator. Professor of Irish studies at Notre Dame University in Indiana USA. Educated at Queen's College, Belfast, and Pembroke College, Cambridge University, England.

Average rating: 3.61 · 111,573 ratings · 3,944 reviews · 36 distinct worksSimilar authors
Reading in the Dark

3.73 avg rating — 3,503 ratings — published 1996 — 34 editions
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A Short History of Irish Li...

3.88 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 1986 — 4 editions
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Strange Country: Modernity ...

3.88 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 1990 — 3 editions
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Celtic Revivals: Essays in ...

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The Field Day Anthology of ...

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The French Revolution and E...

3.67 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 1988 — 2 editions
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Selected Poems

4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1988 — 2 editions
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Irish Writers 1886 - 1986

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History Lessons

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Foreign Affections: Essays ...

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“People with green eyes were close to the fairies, we were told; they were just here for a little while, looking for a human child they could take away. If we ever met anyone with one green and one brown eye we were to cross ourselves, for that was a human child that had been taken over by the fairies. The brown eye was the sign it had been human. When it died, it would go into the fairy mounds that lay behind the Donegal mountains, not to heaven, purgatory, limbo or hell like the rest of us. These strange destinations excited me, especially when a priest came to the house of a dying person to give the last rites, the sacrament of Extreme Unction. That was to stop the person going to hell. Hell was a deep place. You fell into it, turning over and over in mid-air until the blackness sucked you into a great whirlpool of flames and you disappeared forever.”
Seamus Deane, Reading in the Dark

“The first thing to say about Finnegans Wake is that it is, in an important sense, unreadable.”
Seamus Deane

“Paradise was not far away when I died”
Seamus Deane, Reading in the Dark

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