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The Story of Poetry: Volume 2: English Poets from Skelton to Dryden Hardcover – 10 Oct 2002

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st edn edition (10 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297829386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297829386
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Schmidt OBE FRSL is the founder and editorial and managing director of Carcanet Press Limited, the general editor of PN Review. He was until recently Professor of Poetry and convener of the Creative Writing programme in the Department of English, University of Glasgow. He is now Writer in Residence at St John's College, Cambridge.

He recently completed The Novel: A Biography, to be published in May 2014, a companion volume to Lives of the Poets (1999). His most recent anthologies include, The Great Modern Poets, published by Quercus on National Poetry Day 2006; Five American Poets (including Robert Hass, James McMichael, John Matthias, John Peck, and Robert Pinsky), published by Carcanet in 2010, and New Poetries V, including 22 hitherto uncollected anglophone poets from around the world, in 2011. His collection of poems The Resurrection of the Body was published in 2007. His Collected Poems appeared in 2009 and The Stories of My Life in 2013.

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The second volume of Michael Schmidt's STORY OF POETRY was published on 10 October, to coincide with National Poetry Day. We had a launch event for him in Watertsones, Deansgate on Friday 11th October. Michael did a big interview on BBC Radio Norfolk on National Poetry Day We're hoping to get some great reviews, and already confirmed are reviews in the Times, Independent on Sunday and Literary Review (December issue). 'British poetry owes a great debt of gratitude to Michael Schmidt...We see the personal passion driving Schmidt's own career. He cares intensely about bringing poetry to a wider audience. And with this volume, he brilliantly succeeds.'Ruth Padel, Financial Times 'Schmidt's 200-page commentary, which serves as a preface to the anthology, is (as before) forceful and...peppered with crisp, sound judgements...Schmidt keeps us aware not only of the craft of poetry, but of the messy and often unjust business of publishing and selling it too. This is both refreshing and enlightening.'Michael Glover, Independent 'Very readable...[it] widens your understanding and deepens your appreciation of the poetry of the time...Fascinating.'Writing Magazine 'An ingenious arrangement which serves the reader well.'Contem

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A unique history of English poetry from its beginnings to 1500 which combines an account of the poets¿ lives and times with an anthology of their work. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Ryman on 29 Jun. 2012
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A wonderful book for anyone who wants to know more about poetry and poets' lives. Michael Schmidt's use of the English language is phenomenal. His depth of knowledge is amazing and the enthusiasm for his subject shines through. A must-have on the bookshelf. 5*.
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An excellent book written by one of the leading authors in this field. Contains a wealth of background information on the poets and poems of this important period in English poetry.
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