Christopher Middleton

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Photo of Christopher Middleton (right) & Marius Kociejowski by Tony Frazer, 2005.

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Christopher Middleton (1926-2015) was born in Truro, Cornwall. He studied at Merton College, Oxford and then taught at the University of Zürich, at King's College, London, and finally as Professor of Germanic Languages at the University of Texas, Austin. He published translations of Robert Walser, Nietzsche, Hölderlin, Goethe and many contemporaries, receiving several awards, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Schegel-Tieck Translation Prize. His poems, essays and selected translations are all published in the UK by Carcanet Press; his poems are published in the USA by Sheep Meadow Press, with assoted prose volumes appearing from Green Integer and the University of New Mexico Press. His later recent publications included: Nobody's Ezekiel (Hopewell Press, 2015), Collected Later Poems (Carcanet, 2014), Loose Cannons: Selected Prose (University of New Mexico Press, 2014); Collected Poems (Carcanet, 2008), Crypto-Topographia (prose, Enitharmon Press, London, 2002), The Word Pavilion and Selected Poems (Carcanet & Sheep Meadow Press, 2001), Jackdaw Jiving: Selected Essays on Poetry and Translation (Carcanet, 1998), Faint Harps and Silver Voices: Selected Translations (Carcanet, 2000).

Marius Kociejowski, who interviewed Christopher Middleton for Shearsman's Palavers volume, and also contributed a personal memoir of the poet, was born in 1949. He lives in London, where he works as an antiquarian bookseller. His Greville Press booklet, Coast, won the Cheltenham Prize in 1991. He has subseqently published two collections of poems with Anvil Press Poetry, London: Doctor Honoris Causa (1993) and Music's Bride (1999). A book of travels, The Street Philosopher and the Holy Fool – A Syrian Journey appeared in 2004 from Sutton Publishing.

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