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Gilgamesh: The Life of a Poem

Michael Schmidt



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Princeton University Pres
23 August 2019
Poetry; Literature: history & criticism; Middle Eastern history
Acclaimed literary historian Schmidt provides a unique meditation on the rediscovery of Gilgamesh and its profound influence on poets today. He 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.
By:   Michael Schmidt
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691195247
ISBN 10:   0691195242
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   23 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael Schmidt is a literary historian, poet, novelist, translator, and anthologist as well as an editor and publisher. His books include The Novel: A Biography and The First Poets. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he received an OBE in 2006 for services to poetry and higher education. He lives in Manchester, England. Twitter @4Michael7

Reviews for Gilgamesh: The Life of a Poem

[A] wonderful book . . . Schmidt's argument for the poem as poetry, in the modern sense-concrete, unglazed, tough on the mind-is touching and persuasive. I read the book spellbound, in one sitting. ---Joan Acoella, New Yorker For anyone interested in language, history, or the power of a great story, this biography of a poem assures endless discoveries. ---Jeva Lange, The Week [I]f all literary studies were written so engagingly, more people would read them . . . If you have never read Gilgamesh before, Schmidt could be Virgil to your Dante, and if you have read it before, be prepared to let it be explicated in a new and lively way and to flow over your mind like quicksilver. ---John Butler, Asian Review of Books An insightful, stimulating book sure to breathe new life into the would-be immortal king. * Publishers Weekly * Schmidt's book deeply enriches our appreciation of a work already rich. A solid addition to all collections. ---Thomas L. Cooksey, Library Journal

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