For the fortieth anniversary of its publication, in May 2006, Faber are reissuing Seamus Heaney's classic first collection,Death of a Naturalist, which on its appearance in 1966 won the Cholmondeley Award, the E.C. Gregory Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize.'His words give us the soil-reek of Ireland, the colourful violence of his childhood on a farm in Derry. The full-blooded energy of these poems makesDeath of a Naturalist the best first book of poems I've read for some time.' - C.B. Cox in theSpectator 'The power and precision of his best poems are a delight, and as a first collectionDeath of a Naturalist is outstanding [...] His subject is those things which are inherent or inherited. What he praises is to be praised in his own work.' - Christopher Ricks,New Statesman'Now, to pry into roots, to finger slime, To stare big-eyed Narcissus, into some spring Is beneath all adult dignity. I rhyme To see myself, to set the darkness echoing.'