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Michael Schmidt
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Michael Schmidt is the editor of PN Review, and editorial and managing director of Carcanet Press. He lives in Manchester, England, where he is the director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Michael Schmidt’s Lives of the Poets is available in Vintage paperback.

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The First Poets
Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets
Written by Michael Schmidt


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $16.95

When Michael Schmidt’s last book, Lives of the Poets, was published, Mark Strand called it “a tour de force, an astonishing view of the whole of poetry in English, a superb read.” Now Schmidt brings the same erudition, insight, and élan to The First Poets—the story of the ancient Greeks whose... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The First Poets
Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets
Written by Michael Schmidt


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 2010
Price: $14.99

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Lives of the Poets

Written by Michael Schmidt


Format: Trade Paperback, 992 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 2000
Price: $21.00

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

In this stunning volume of epic breadth, Michael Schmidt connects the lives and works of more than 300 poets over the last 700 years—spanning distant shores from Scotland to Australia to the Caribbean, all sharing the English language.

Schmidt reveals how each poet has transformed “a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Lives of the Poets

Written by Michael Schmidt


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 14, 2010
Price: $16.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.
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