After his Emory class in July 1982, Schuchard met up later with Heaney and others at Hardy's grave. From left: Schuchard; William Morgan, a Hardy scholar and Emory research associate (1976-78) who was visiting on his own; Seamus Heaney; and Tom Flanagan, author of "The Year of the French" and a friend of Heaney's. Credit: Ron Schuchard papers, MARBL, Emory University.

Writings of Thomas Hardy and Seamus Heaney with personal Heaney stories

Heaney’s lifelong devotion to the poetry and novels of Thomas Hardy, through whom he defined and redefined his own aesthetic of the ordinary world against the magical and religious traditions of W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot. Schuchard also shares personal stories of his friendship with Heaney.