Autograph Letter Signed
2010. More than 100 words, written across both sides of the inside of a notecard depicting "A Parliament of Foxes." Written to John [Crelan], commiserating over the death of a mutual friend, David O'Docherty, an Irish painter and traditional musician who had died while swimming off Martha's Vineyard a few days earlier. Heaney mentions that earlier in the year he had given a talk about Thomas Flanagan, the Irish novelist and academic, and that Flanagan used to rent the O'Docherty home as a summer place in the early 1970s, and that he -- Heaney -- had visited there, knew the man's father, and thus had a sense of not only O'Docherty but of his kin and hearth. He also offers Crelan kind words about Crelan's ongoing Bloomsday productions. Fine, with hand-addressed envelope. A glimpse of the closely knit nature of the Irish literary and artistic community. [#032649] SOLD
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