Michael Schmidt (poet)

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Michael Schmidt OBE[1] FRSL[2] (born 2 March 1947)[3] is a Mexican-British poet, author, scholar and publisher.

Early life[edit]

Born in Mexico City, Mexico. Schmidt was educated at The Hill School from 1959-1965 and earned an English Speaking Union Scholarship to attend Christ’s Hospital School from 1965-6. Schmidt studied at Harvard and at Wadham College, Oxford University.

Career[edit]

Schmidt was Professor of Poetry at Glasgow University until 2014, the Writer in Residence at St. John's College, Cambridge from 2012 to 2015 and a visiting fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge from 2017-2018. He is founder (1969) and editorial and managing director of Carcanet Press and a founder (1973) and general editor of PN Review. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he received an OBE in 2006 for services to poetry.[4] His literary career has been described as having "a strong sense of internationalism and cultural ‘connectedness’".[5] Schmidt refers to himself in his book Lives of the Poets as "an Anglophone Mexican publisher".[5]

Schmidt's 2014 book The Novel: A Biography is a loosely chronological history of the development of the novel.[6] The book aims to explore the relationships between great novelists, including views by other novelists while avoiding literary critics who were not also writers.[7]

In August 2015, Schmidt was one of 20 authors of Poets for Corbyn, an anthology of poems endorsing Jeremy Corbyn's campaign in the Labour Party leadership election.[8][9]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Poetry[edit]

  • It Was My Tree (Anvil, 1970)
  • Bedlam and the Oak Wood (Carcanet, 1970)
  • Desert of the Lions (Carcanet, 1972)
  • My Brother Gloucester (Carcanet, 1976)
  • A Change of Affairs (Anvil, 1978)
  • The Love of Strangers - Poetry Book Society Special Commendation (Century Hutchinson, 1989)
  • Selected Poems, 1972-1997 - Poetry Book Society Special Commendation (Smith/Doorstop, 1997)
  • The Resurrection of the Body (USA: Sheep Meadow; Smith/Doorstop, 2007)
  • Collected Poems (Smith/Doorstop 2009, Sheep Meadow Press 2010)
  • The Stories of My Life (Smith/Doorstop 2013)

Fiction[edit]

  • The Colonist - Los Angeles Times book award (Muller/Hutchinson, 1983; published in USA as Green Island, Vanguard 1984, Dell, 1985)
  • The Dresden Gate (Century Hutchinson, 1988; Vanguard, 1989)

Criticism[edit]

Anthologies[edit]

  • New Poetries I-VI (Carcanet, 1994-2014)
  • Eleven British Poets (Methuen, 1980)
  • The Harvill Book of Twentieth-Century Poetry in English (1999, 2005) (editor)
  • A Calendar of Modern Poetry (PN Review 100, 1994)
  • The Great Modern Poets(inc audio excerpts) Quercus Poetry 2006 ISBN 9780857382467

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Poetry Professor offers Independent thinking". University of Glasgow. 2008-03-08. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  2. ^ "Current RSL Fellows". rsliterature.org. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  3. ^ Life/Letters, Michael Schmidt website.
  4. ^ Michael Schmidt, The Resurrection of the Body, Smith/Doorstop Books, 2007.
  5. ^ a b Contemporary Writers Archived 2006-09-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Deresiewicz, William (June 2014). "How the Novel Made the Modern World". The Atlantic. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  7. ^ Eaglestone, Robert (31 July 2014). "The Novel: A Biography, by Michael Schmidt". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Bennetts, Russell (2015). Poets for Corbyn (PDF). Pendant Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9928034-5-2. 
  9. ^ Bennetts, Russell (25 August 2015). "Yes we scan: Poets line up for Jeremy Corbyn". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 

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