Aye Write: Michael Schmidt and Robert McCrum: The Novel: A Biography, 12th April, 2014 1.30 p.m. The Mitchell
Michael Schmidt and Robert McCrum: The Novel: A Biography
12 Apr 2014 • 1:30 P.M – 2:30 P.M • Mitchell Library, North Street, Charing Cross
The dramatic story of the history and possible future of the novel from Michael Schmidt.
The novel is the modern form par excellence, the kind of literature that comes about alongside mass literacy, printing, publishing and copyright, and leisure time. Covering not just Britain, but America, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, India, Ireland and South Africa, Michael Schmidt reveals the novel as a revolutionary force, which makes us question our beliefs and empathise with those unlike us. He discusses the form with Robert McCrum, former literary editor of The Observer, who has compiled a list of the 100 Greatest English language novels, which are being discussed on the Guardian’s website.
Born in Mexico City, Michael Schmidt is Professor of Poetry at Glasgow University, where he is convener of the Creative Writing programme. He has published a great number of poetry, novels and criticism including The Dresden Gate, The Resurrection of the Body, and The Story of Poetry. The Novel: A Biography is his first Non-fiction book.
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