Michael Edwards (literary scholar)

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Insignia of a Knight Bachelor

Sir Michael Edwards OBE (born 29 April 1938) is an Anglo-French poet and academic.

Edwards was born in Barnes, London.[1] He was educated at Kingston Grammar School[1] and Christ's College, Cambridge, where he studied French and Spanish. He wrote his doctorate on Jean Racine, completing it in Paris. He was the longtime Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick until 2002, when he was elected to a chair in the Study of Literary Creation in the English Language at the Collège de France.

Edwards was elected to one of the 40 seats of the Académie française on 21 February 2013, becoming the first English person to be so honoured.[2][3] He had been nominated previously in 2008.[4] He received the second highest number of votes in the fourth and final round of voting (eight votes, behind Michel Schneider who received 10) but no candidate secured a majority so the seat remained vacant on that occasion.[5][6]

Edwards was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to British–French cultural relations.[7][8]


  • La tragédie racinienne, La pensée universelle, 1972
  • To Kindle the Starling, Aquila, 1972
  • Eliot/Language, Aquila, 1975
  • Éloge de l'attente, Belin, 1996
  • De Poetica Christiana, Hermeuneutikai Kutatokozpont, Budapest, 1997
  • Beckett ou le don des langues, Espaces 34, 1998
  • Leçons de poésie, PUF, 2001
  • De la poésie, avec Yves Bonnefoy, Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2001
  • Ombres de lune : réflexions sur la création littéraire, Espaces 34, 2001
  • Un monde même et autre, Desclée de Brouwer, janvier 2002
  • Rivage mobile, Arfuyen, 2003
  • Terre de poésie, Espaces 34, 2003
  • Shakespeare et la comédie de l'émerveillement, Desclée de Brouwer, 2003
  • Racine et Shakespeare, PUF, 2004
  • Shakespeare et l'œuvre de la tragédie, Belin, 2005
  • Le Génie de la poésie anglaise, Le Livre de poche, 2006
  • De l'émerveillement, Fayard, 2008
  • À la racine du feu, Caractères, coll. Planètes, 2009
  • Shakespeare : Le poète au théâtre, Fayard, 2009
  • Le bonheur d'être ici, Fayard, février 2011
  • Le rire de Molière, De Fallois, octobre 2012
  • Paris aubaine, Éditions de Corlevour, novembre 2012


  1. ^ a b Chrisafis, Angelique (22 February 2013). "Magnifique! Académie française elects first British-born member". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  2. ^ "élection au fauteuil de M. Jean Dutourd". Académie française.
  3. ^ "British poet becomes 'immortal' as he's chosen to guard French language". The Telegraph, 21 February 2013
  4. ^ Lichfield, J. "Poet vies to be first Englishman accepted by Académie française", The Independent, 7 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Double "élection blanche" à l'Académie française"[permanent dead link] Le Monde, 7 February 2008
  6. ^ "Académie française news", Académie française, Actualités 2008
  7. ^ "No. 60728". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2013. p. 2.
  8. ^ www.theguardian.com