An indispensable oeuvre

Seamus Heaney salutes Patrick Kavanagh, and a new Collected Poems, in today’s Guardian Books. Edited and introduced by Antoinette Quinn, Kavanagh’s biographer and best advocate, [the new Collected] should help not only the English critics but the whole English-speaking crowd to read Kavanagh with new regard and maybe even to start believing in him. In Heaney’s view, it’s a vindication of Kavanagh’s indomitable faith in himself and in the art that made him so much more than himself

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