Paul Schmidt was a playwright, translator and libbretist. After studying at Colgate University and Harvard University, he was drafted and served in the U.S. Army Intelligence for two years. After his service, he began his career as a translator. He has translated the works of Anton Chekhov, Bertolt Brecht, and Euripedes, among others. After gaining recognition for his translations, he went on to write in a variety of forms, from poetry to essays to plays. He also wrote a libretto for an opera based on Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Schmidt passed away in 1999 at the age of 65 due to complications from AIDS.