Hard Cover. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1979. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First US edition, first printing. Signed and inscribed by author: "Seamus Heaney/ February 14 1984". Publisher's brown cloth, lettered in gilt. Near fine with slight fading to board edges, few small ink notations to the contents. Unclipped dust jacket, with a tiny tear to the upper front panel. Field Work is a collection of poems by Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney published in 1979. Heaney uses the beauty of language to explore the heaviness of Irish life during the Troubles, the decades long period of conflict and unrest in Northern Ireland. Poems range from introspective to tragic. The first poem in the collection, "Oyster," recalls a dinner with friends while inspecting the power of poetry to change society. "The Strand at Lough Beg" is an elegy to the author's cousin, who was murdered in the Troubles. Unquestionably, the work remains an emotional window into a dark chapter in history.