Michael Schmidt's clear and resourceful anthologies receive outstanding reviews: 'Lives of the Poets is a seductive masterpiece' Frederic Raphael, Sunday Times 'The most extraordinary general literary performance of 1998' Robert Nye, Scotsman Reviews of The First Poets include: 'Engagingly knockabout...enjoyable stuff' Spectator 'Solid, fascinating and detailed' Financial Times Magazine 'Accessible and fascinating overview' Observer
Michael Schmidt is a well-known poet, publisher and critic. He was born in Mexico and studied at the universities of Harvard and Oxford before settling in England. He has been editor of the magazine Poetry Nation Review for thirty years and is the founder and editorial director of Carcanet Press. He is Professor of English at Manchester Metropolitan University.Previous Titles include:The Story of Poetry: Volume 2, from Skelton to Dryden (HB December 02);The Story of Poetry: Volume 1, from Caedmon to Caxton;Lives of the Poets, The First Poets: Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets;A Calendar of Modern Poetry;The Love of Strangers;Reading Modern Poetry;The Dresden Gate.
a detailed and deftly handled examination of poetry from Alexander Pope to Robert Burns... His opinions are presented with confidence , justified by the breadth of his knowledge. - OBSERVERuseful companion volumes that introduce the political and social background to the lives and works of the leading British poets...useful not only to college students of 18th-century poetry but to the casual browser. - THE TIMES