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Michael Schmidt Papers

Date range: 1948-1992.

Papers of Michael Schmidt (b 1947), poet, novelist and publisher.

Schmidt founded the literary publishing house, Carcanet Press, in 1969. He continues to manage the Press while editing the magazine PN Review (formerly Poetry Nation), which he also founded, lecturing and publishing his own poetry and novels.

The archive contains:

  • personal papers
  • notebooks with particular emphasis on recent and contemporary writing (Octavio Paz, W.S. Graham, Donald Davie, Jeffrey Wainwright, Elaine Feinstein, Daniel Weissbort, Dawson Jackson etc.)
  • appointment diaries throughout Carcanet's existence
  • literary papers such as annotated typescripts of some of his works

Finding aids

  • Unpublished handlist.
  • Stella K. Halkyard and C.B. McCully, `"Thoughts of Inventive Brains and the Rich Effusions of Deep Hearts": Some of the Twentieth-Century Literary Archives of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester', Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, vol. 77, no. 2 (1995), pp. 105-21.


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