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Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney, edited by Dennis O'Driscoll, is a unique insight into the life and mind of the Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet.
Dennis O'Driscoll's previous publications include New and Selected Poems (2004), a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation, and Reality Check (2007). He is editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Poetry Quotations (2006), author of a collection of essays and reviews, Troubled Thoughts, Majestic Dreams (2001), and a contributor to The Cambridge Companion to Seamus Heaney (2008). He works as a civil servant in Dublin.
Praise for "Stepping Stones""" "This really is a remarkable book. There isn't a dull, vapid or useless sentence in it; it's about what it is to be human, as much as it is about what it is to be a poet." -Nicholas Lezard, "The Guardian" "["Stepping Stones"] is a Heaney word horde that will not be surpassed for some time . . . [It] will be seized on by students of the work as well as the common reader . . . [Heaney] is intensely present within these pages-still surprising, still defying 'the merciless landscapes' with generosity, courage and joy." -Bel Mooney, "The Times "(London) "[An] important book-length interview, designed to serve in lieu of a memoir . . . Dennis O'Driscoll [is] an excellent poet and critic, and a deeply informed and probing interviewer of his longtime friend." -Adam Kirsch, "The New Republic" ""Stepping Stones "succeeds on many levels, and O'Driscoll