name = Carcanet Press
type = Publishing House
foundation = 1969
location_city = Manchester
location_country = England
services = Publishing
homepage = [http://www.carcanet.co.uk/ www.carcanet.co.uk]
"Carcanet Press" is a publisher, primarily of poetry, based in the
United Kingdomand founded in 1969by Michael Schmidt.
"Carcanet Press" is now in its fourth decade. In 2000 it was named the
Sunday Timesmillennium Small Publisher of the Year. Four of its authors have received Nobel Prizes, nine have received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, six have received Pulitzer Prizes, among many other honours. Carcanet publishes a comprehensive and diverse list of modern and classic poetry in English and in translation.
Carcanet was originally a literary magazine, founded in 1962. Michael Hind, a member of the original editorial board, recalls how the idea was to 'collect together and publish as a periodical poetry, short fiction, and "intelligent criticism of all the arts"; there were to be both student and senior members' contributions.' The intention was to link Oxford and Cambridge universities. Fact|date=June 2008
The magazine 'Carcanet' had fallen on hard times by October 1967 when Michael Schmidt, a newly arrived undergraduate at
Wadham College, Oxford, took it over. Times got harder still. In 1969 as a swansong the magazine produced a few pamphlets: poetry by new writers from Britain, India and the United States, and a book of translations. The reviews were encouraging. In 1970-1971 Carcanet Press became Ltd. The swansong continues, the bird having upped sticks and left Matthew Arnold's (and Robert Graves's) South Hinksey, Oxford, for Thomas de Quincey's Manchester.
Arts Council Englandsupport. Its list includes, alongside new writers from all over the world, major authors from the twentieth and earlier centuries.
Carcanet was conceived at Pin Farm, South Hinksey, Oxford, in 1969 by
Peter Jones, Gareth Reevesand Michael Schmidt, and Grevel Lindopwas instrumental in suggesting the "Fyfield Books" series. In 1971, when Michael Schmidt was appointed Gulbenkian Writing Fellow at the University of Manchester, it moved to 266 Councillor Lane, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, and in 1975 it came of age, taking a tiny suite of offices in the Corn Exchange, Manchester. However, the 1996 Manchester bombingimpacted heavily on the workings of Carcanet Press, moving it to temporary offices in Manchester House, Princess Street, and then across the river to Blackfriars Street, Salford, where it stayed in a kind of exile for six years, before moving back into the centre of Manchester. It now resides in Cross Street, between where Mrs Gaskell's husband's UnitarianChapel used to stand, and the little graveyard of St Anne's Church where Thomas de Quincey's forebears are buried, and in whose font Thomas de Quincey was himself christened.
Carcanet publishes the works of many poets from around the world:
Ford Madox Ford
* Les Murray
C. H. Sisson
Besides the main poetry list, Carcanet is also home to a diverse set of imprints:
Oxford Poetsimprint, formerly the poetry list of Oxford University Press, was established in March 1999. The "Fyfield Books" imprint includes selections from the great European and American classics from ancient to modern times. Carcanet also publish a range of inventive fiction and literary criticism alongside the "Lives and Letters" series and the "Aspects of Portugal" imprint.
Carcanet issues the controversial literary magazine
PN Reviewwhich appears six times a year.
* [http://www.carcanet.co.uk/ Official Carcanet website]
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