Olin C. Bailey Library

Seamus Heaney: Library Resources



Map of IrelandPoetry Explication & Bibliographies

Recent Research on Anglo-Irish Writers        R 016.8209 An46fi (© 1983)
Guide to British Poetry Explication v.4            R 016.82109 M366g

Handbooks & Dictionaries 

Poetry Handbook: A Dictionary of Terms      R 808.1 D489p4
Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics              R 809.103 En19 
Longman Dictionary & Handbook of Poetry   R 808.81 M992
Twentieth-Century Literary Movements        R 809.9103 T918h

 Criticism & Biographical Information

Contemporary Literary Criticism (brown books)               R 809.04 (v.171 © 2002)
Dictionary of Literary Biography (blue books)
     Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature v.330                    R 769.4 U (© 2007)
     Poets of Great Britain and Ireland Since 1960 v.40      R 821.9109 P752s
     Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook 1995          R 810.9 D561g
Magill’s Critical Survey of Poetry                                     R 809.1 C869m2
Masterplots II Poetry Series (5 Heaney poems)                R 809.1 M393m
British Writers (Supp. II, IV, & Retrosp. Supp. I)              R 820.9 B777
Contemporary Authors N.R. v.128 (© 2004)                    R 928.1 C767r2 (Index Table)
Contemporary Poets                                                      R 928.21 C767v6

Online Catalog (http://baileylib.hendrix.edu)

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Literature Online (Primary & Secondary Resources)

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Literature Resource Center (Secondary Resources)

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