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Lives of the Poets
Lives of the Poets: The History of Poets and Poetry Michael Schmidt
 Great Lives

A stunning volume of epic breadth which connects the lives and works of over 300 English-language poets of the last 700 years.

LIVES OF THE POETS traverses the landscapes of biography, form, cultural pressures and important historical moments to tell not just a history of English poetry, but the story of English as a language.

'Astonishing' New York Times.

'Deft critical judgements, lightness of touch, the ability both to examine minutely and to generalize boldly – this book is both a tonic and a continuing pleasure' Independent.

'A celebration of poetry in the shape of a history from Chaucer up to the present day. A book to put into the hands of any young man or woman beginning to be aware that poetry is the glory of our language' Scotsman.

'A masterly exercise of cogency and compression' Times Literary Supplement.

Head of Zeus * Language and Literary Studies
08 Sep 2014 * 992pp * £8.99 * 9781781857007
REVIEWS
'A celebration of poetry in the shape of a history from Chaucer up to the present day'
Scotsman
'A seductive masterpiece'
Sunday Times
'A masterly exercise of cogency and compression'
Times Literary Supplement
'A massive achievement'
Michael Hofmann
'British poetry owes a great debt of gratitude to Michael Schmidt'
Ruth Padel
'No journey can be made without the aid of a dependable map. Poet and publisher Michael Schmidt has provided a good one for the entire history of English poetry in this enormous doorstop ... the book manages to combine a good deal of sound judgement with readability, enlivened by sprinklings of humour'
The Tablet
ALSO IN THE SERIES
The Life and Times of Richard III
Lytton Strachey
Bernard Shaw
Catherine the Great
Peter the Great
Tigress of Forli
Nicholas and Alexandra
The Black Russian
The Romanovs: The Final Chapter
The Most Dangerous Book
Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford The Biography
Admiral Collingwood: Nelson's Own Hero
No More Champagne
Take Six Girls
The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor
So Great a Prince
Alexander Hamilton
Author
Michael Schmidt
Michael Schmidt
Michael Schmidt is the founder of Carcanet Press and the general editor of PN Review. He was until recently Professor of Poetry at the University of Glasgow. He has also been Writer in Residence at St John's College, Cambridge.
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