Gilgamesh: The Life of a Poem


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$16.95  $15.59
Princeton University Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.7 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Schmidt is a literary historian, poet, novelist, translator, and anthologist as well as an editor and publisher. His books include Lives of the Poets, The Novel: A Biography, and The First Poets. Twitter @4Michael7


"Michael Schmidt's book is a lively and instructive read, full of insight and response that bring a new voice to the poem's reception."--A. R. George, author of The Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic
"An insightful, stimulating book sure to breathe new life into the would-be immortal king."--Publishers Weekly
"A brilliant book, brilliantly executed. Michael Schmidt's unparalleled love for poetry, ancient and modern, brings to life the continuing vitality and importance of the world's earliest surviving poem, with fascinating new insights on every page. A real treasure."--Ruth Padel, author of Darwin: A Life in Poems
"A great pleasure to read. In this illuminating book, Schmidt sheds a kaleidoscopic light on Gilgamesh, its journeys, and its possible futures. All in a way that is seemingly effortless and without strain, a rare thing in critical discourse."--Philip Terry, author of Dictator
"This is a remarkable and hugely worthwhile book. I cannot imagine a better introduction to Gilgamesh, but it is also something more than that. Schmidt has written a stimulating literary study that makes this oldest of poems feel new, exciting, and on the move."--Peter McDonald, translator of The Homeric Hymns
"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