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Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt
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Professor Michael Schmidt OBE FRSL is a poet, literary historian, translator and editor. Born in Mexico in 1947, he studied at Harvard and Oxford and has taught at Manchester and Glasgow. He was writer in residence for two years at St John’s College, Cambridge. He has published poetry, two novels. and the literary histories Lives of the Poets (1999), Lives of the Ancient Poets (2004) and The Novel: a biography (2016).

He is a founder and Editorial and Managing Director of Carcanet Press and the General Editor of PN Review. He is a co-director of the Modern Literary Archives Project at the John Rylands University Library Manchester, and PN Review is closely associated with the Rylands.