The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám: First and Fifth Editions
Edward Fitzgerald (Author)
DescriptionOmar Khayyam (1048-1122) was a Persian mathematician, astronomer and philosopher who was not known as a poet in his lifetime. Later, a body of quatrains became attached to his name, although not all were his work. These verses lay in obscurity until 1859, when Edward FitzGerald, (1809-1883), an English country gentleman, published a free adaptation of this Persion poetry. After its discovery by D.G. Rosetti and others, the verse became extremely popular. Essentially a hedonist and a skeptic, Omar Khayyam, through FitzGerald, spoke with both an earthy and spiritual freedom that stirred universal response. As a result, the "Rubaiyat" became one of the best-known and most often quoted English classics.
November 02, 2011
5.18 X 0.2 X 8.24 inches | 0.13 pounds
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About the Author
Edward FitzGerald (1809 - 1883) was an English poet and writer, best known as the poet of the first and most famous English translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The writing of his name as both FitzGerald and Fitzgerald is seen. The use here of FitzGerald conforms with that of his own publications, anthologies such as Quiller-Couch's Oxford Book of English Verse and most reference books up until about the 1960s.