The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

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Omar Khayy#65533;m (1048-1122) was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, and a 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 works. These verses lay in obscurity until 1859, when Edward FitzGerald (1809-1883), an English country gentleman, published a free adaptation of this Persian poetry. After its discovery by D. G. Rossetti and others, the verse became extremely popular. Essentially a hedonist and a skeptic, Omar Khayy#65533;m, through FitzGerald, spoke with both an earthy and spiritual freedom that stirred a universal response. As a result, the Rub#65533;iy#65533;t became one of the best-known and most often quoted English classics. The fifth edition, published posthumously in 1889, was based on FitzGerald's handwritten changes in a copy of the fourth edition, and is traditionally printed with the first edition.

Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, 1990
Edition: 1st and 5th eds
ISBN: 9780486264677
Branch Call Number: PK6513 .A1 1990
Characteristics: vii, 52 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: FitzGerald, Edward 1809-1883


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