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Gilgamesh, Michael Schmidt’s ‘life’ of a poem | The Spectator

Gilgamesh, Michael Schmidt’s ‘life’ of a poem | The Spectator

The Spectator - Thomas W. Hodgkinson

In the mid-19th century, around lunchtime, a pale young man with an enormous beard could be seen in the British Museum reading room poring over piles of books about Mesopotamia. His name was George Smith, and this was his secret passion. Then, one day, a museum attendant remarked that it was a …

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