Edward FitzGerald's Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám: A Famous Poem and Its Influence

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William Henry Martin, Sandra Mason
Anthem Press, 2011 - Poetry - 170 pages
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The book presents the text of Edward FitzGerald s three main versions of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam in an easily accessible form, together with a non-technical commentary on the origins, role and influence of the poem. The reader is given a chance to evaluate each of FitzGerald s alternative texts as a whole and to examine how the poet presented his texts to the public and annotated the verses. The commentary discusses the lives and work of Khayyam and FitzGerald, and recounts the fascinating story the publication of the Rubaiyat and its rise to great fame and popularity, including a look at the wide-ranging spin-offs the poem has generated in art, music and other fields. The editors use the latest research to analyze the poem s worldwide influence during the 150 years since its first appearance and the continuing relevance of the poem in the world of the 21st century.


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Edward FitzGeralds Rubziiyzit of Omar Khayyam
Omar Khayyam and His Rubciiycit
The Poem Itself
How the Rubciiydt Became Popular
Worldwide Spread and Influence
Relevance to the Modern Day
The Texts Presented Editors Notes
Note References in the Rubciiycit
Further Reading and Online Resources

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About the author (2011)

Bill Martin and Sandra Mason are independent researchers with a long-standing interest in the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, particularly the interpretation of these quatrains by Edward FitzGerald. They have a substantial collection of different editions of the Rubaiyat and associated material, and they recently published a book on the numerous illustrated versions of FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat entitled ‘The Art of Omar Khayyam:  Illustrating FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat’ (IB Tauris, 2007). They were actively involved in creating exhibitions and other projects to celebrate the FitzGerald anniversaries in 2009 as a Year of the Rubaiyat.

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