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The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám: First and Fifth Editions

The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám: First and Fifth Editions

By: Edward FitzGerald

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Omar Khayyám (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 Khayyám, through FitzGerald, spoke with both an earthy and spiritual freedom that stirred a universal response. As a result, the Rubáiyát 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.

Reprint of the Bernard Quaritch, London, 1859 and 1889 editions.
AvailabilityUsually ships in 24 to 48 hours
ISBN 10048626467X
ISBN 139780486264677
Author/EditorEdward FitzGerald
Page Count64
Dimensions5 x 8

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