The University Record, November 8, 1999


Heaney not first Irish writer to receive Nobel

Hat’s off to him, but Seamus Heaney is not the first Irish poet to receive the Nobel Prize in literature, as was noted in “Briefings” (page 7, Nov. 1 Record). W.B. Yeats received the award in 1923.

Terry Gallagher, director of public relations, U-M-Dearborn

Editor’s Note: Four Irish authors have won the prize. Seamus Heaney won the prize in 1995 “for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth which exalt everyday miracles and the living past.”

Samuel Beckett was the 1969 recipient “for his writing which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation.”

George Bernard Shaw won the prize in 1925 for his writing’s “stimulating satire often being infused with a singular poetic beauty.”

And William Butler Yeats won the 1923 prize for his poetry “which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.” (Information courtesy of the Nobel Foundation.)

PICU thanks donors

I work in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Mott Children’s Hospital. We have had a large number of donations made to our unit in the past year of items for the kids and families to use.

We want to acknowledge these donations, which total more than $8,000: ArtVan Headquarters of Warren, eight rocking chairs; Gardener White Headquarters of Wayne, five rocking chairs; Ann Arbor Framing Co., three pictures; Lazy Boy Monroe, one Lazy Boy; Chelsea Senior Center, blankets and hats; and the Lions Club of Ann Arbor, blankets and hats.

These organizations have made a huge difference to our unit and we would once again like to say “thanks.”

Diane Bentley, PICU staff

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