Michael Schmidt is a poet, literary historian, editor and publisher. Born in Mexico in 1947, he studied at Harvard and Oxford, taught at the Universities of Manchester and Glasgow, and was writer in residence at St John’s College, Cambridge. He is a founder (1969) and editorial and managing director of Carcanet Press and a founder (1972) and general editor on PN Review. He received an O.B.E. for services to Poetry and Higher Education. His literary-historical books include Lives of the Poets, The First Poets and The Novel: A Biography.