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Books by Michael Schmidt

  • PN Review 249

    Michael Schmidt

    Product Code: CBLHA
    Paperback
    The September-October 2019 issue; New poem sequence by Kei Miller about names of places; Don Share's controversial lecture about Whitman and politics; New poems by Tara Bergin; Anthologist of Black-American poetry, Anthony Walton, looks back 20 years and measures the changes for Black-American writers; Kyoo Lee and Marjorie Perloff in discussion about the nature of identity in poetry; New to PN Review this issue: Jason Allen-Paisant, Jo Davis, Andrew Jordan and Petra White; and more...
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  • Gilgamesh

    Michael Schmidt

    Product Code: BZRQO
    Hardback
    Reflections on a lost poem and its rediscovery by contemporary poets Gilgamesh is the most ancient long poem known to exist. It is also the newest classic in the canon of world literature. Lost for centuries to the sands of the Middle East but found again in the 1850s, it tells the story of a great king, his heroism, and his eventual defeat. It is a story of monsters, gods, and cataclysms, and of intimate friendship and love. Acclaimed literary historian Michael Schmidt provides a unique meditation on the rediscovery of Gilgamesh and its profound influence on poets today. Schmidt describes how the poem is a work in progress even now, an undertaking that has drawn on the talents and obsessions of an unlikely cast of characters, from archaeologists and museum curators to tomb raiders and jihadis. Fragments of the poem, incised on clay tablets, were scattered across a huge expanse of desert when it was recovered in the nineteenth century. The poem had to be reassembled, its languages deciphered. The discovery of a pre-Noah flood story was front-page news on both sides of the Atlantic, and the poem's allure only continues to grow as additional cuneiform tablets come to light. Its translation, interpretation, and integration are ongoing. In this illuminating book, Schmidt discusses the special fascination Gilgamesh holds for contemporary poets, arguing that part of its appeal is its captivating otherness. He reflects on the work of leading poets such as Charles Olson, Louis Zukofsky, and Yusef Komunyakaa, whose own encounters with the poem are revelatory, and he reads its many translations and editions to bring it vividly to life for readers.
  • The Novel

    Michael Schmidt

    Product Code: BVXMT
    Hardback
    The 700-year history of the novel in English defies straightforward telling. Geographically and culturally boundless, with contributions from Great Britain, Ireland, America, Canada, Australia, India, the Caribbean, and Southern Africa; influenced by great novelists working in other languages; and encompassing a range of genres, the story of the novel in English unfolds like a richly varied landscape that invites exploration rather than a linear journey. In The Novel: A Biography, Michael Schmidt does full justice to its complexity. Like his hero Ford Madox Ford in The March of Literature, Schmidt chooses as his traveling companions not critics or theorists but "artist practitioners," men and women who feel "hot love" for the books they admire, and fulminate against those they dislike. It is their insights Schmidt cares about. Quoting from the letters, diaries, reviews, and essays of novelists and drawing on their biographies, Schmidt invites us into the creative dialogues between authors and between books, and suggests how these dialogues have shaped the development of the novel in English. Schmidt believes there is something fundamentally subversive about art: he portrays the novel as a liberalizing force and a revolutionary stimulus. But whatever purpose the novel serves in a given era, a work endures not because of its subject, themes, political stance, or social aims but because of its language, its sheer invention, and its resistance to cliche--some irreducible quality that keeps readers coming back to its pages.
  • New Poetries VII

    Michael Schmidt

    Product Code: BOHXE
    Paperback
    From the first New Poetries anthology, published in 1994, through to this seventh volume, the series showcases the work of some of the most engaging and inventive new poets writing in English from around the world. Many have gone on to achieve notable success: Sophie Hannah, Patrick McGuinness, Kei Miller, Caroline Bird, David Morley, Jane Yeh, William Letford, Tara Bergin, and Vahni Capildeo among them. Crucially, the New Poetries anthologies have never sought to identify a `school', much less a `generation': the poets included employ a wide range of styles, forms and approaches, and `new' need not be taken to imply `young'. Among the twenty-odd poets to be included in New Poetries VII, Zohar Atkins, Ned Denny, Andrew Wynn Owen and Phoebe Power all have first collections scheduled with Carcanet. Among others, new work by Luke Allan, Sumita Chakraborty, Mary Jean Chan, Katherine Horrex, Theophilus Kwek, Rachel Mann and Vala Thorodds will feature. Many of the poets in the anthology have come to Carcanet through the pages of PN Review.
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  • The First Poets

    Michael Schmidt

    Product Code: AUPWB
    Hardback
    A dazzling literary exploration by acclaimed poet and critic Michael Schmidt, The First Poets brings to life the great Greek poets who gave our poetic tradition its first bearings and whose works have had an enduring influence on our literature and our imagination. Starting with the legendary Orpheus and the possibly mythical Homer, Schmidt conjures a host of our literary forebears. From Hipponax, 'the dirty old man of poetry', to Theocritus, the father of pastoral; from Sappho, who threw herself from a cliff for love, to Hesiod, who claimed a visit from the Muses - the stories in The First Poets masterfully merge fact and conjecture into animated and compelling portraits of our cultural ancestors. 'Every poet should buy a copy of this book to keep on their bookshelves. And, when the occasion arises, they should throw it at the cynic who may try to ignore or demean them' Independent.
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  • The Great Modern Poets

    Michael Schmidt

    Product Code: AKXUS
    Paperback
    Reproduced within this book are the essential poems of Thomas Hardy, A.E. Housman, W.B. Yeats, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Frost, D.H. Lawrence, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Wilfred Owen, John Betjeman, W.H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, Philip Larkin, Allen Ginsberg, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Seamus Heaney and many other major poets of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. For each, Michael Schmidt has provided an insight into their themes and the background to their work, opening for the reader a greater understanding and enjoyment of these extraordinary poems.
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