Poet Christopher Middleton dies

Poet Christopher Middleton dies

Carcanet poet Christopher Middleton died on Monday (30th November).

Middleton had been publishing poetry since 1944 and was described by fellow poet Geoffrey Hill as "a major poet of our times".

The poet was born in Truro, Cornwall, in 1926, grew up in Cambridge and served in the Royal Air Force as well as studying at Merton College, Oxford. He taught at the University of Zurich, at King’s College, London, and was Professor of Germanic Languages at the University of Texas, Austin.

Middleton's first collection with Carcanet, The Lonely Suppers of W.V. Balloon, was first published in 1975 and for four decades Carcanet has been his main publisher, issuing six collections of poems, one of experimental prose, two of essays, a Selected Writings, a Selected Translations, and two Collected Poems.

He was also a key writer for PN Review, with more than 60 contributions from 1975 to March of this year. He was also a translator of poetry and prose from German. Middleton received the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Schlegel-Tieck Translation Award, the Award for Literature from the American Academy and earlier this year, a Cholmondeley Award.