Michael Meyer was born in 1921. Educated at Wellington College and Christ Church Oxford. Served during the war in the Operational Research Section at Bomber Command Headquarters. Lecturer in English Literature and Language at Upsala University, Sweden from 1947-50.
Edited COLLECTED POEMS OF SIDNEY KEYES (1945), wrote the novel THE END OF THE CORRIDOR (1951) and a play THE ORTOLAN, produced at Oxford in 1954.
Michael Meyer is widely regarded as the definitive translator of IBSEN and STRINDBERG. His Strindberg translations made him the first Englishman to receive the Gold Medal of the Swedish Academy in 1964, and his biography of Ibsen won the Whitbread Biography Award in 1971 and is regarded as definitive even in Norway. His stage play about Strindberg and his three marriages LUNATIC AND LOVER, won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival in 1978 and was well received in London in 1981.