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01 July 2010

240 Pages

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199580507


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Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

Edward FitzGerald
Edited by Daniel Karlin

Oxford World's Classics

  • This splendid edition of FitzGerald's famous version of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám celebrates the poem as a work of Victorian literary art, which rose from obscurity to become the poem that contains some of the most quoted lines in English poetry.
  • Reproduces the first 1859 edition of this much-revised poem and documents the changes made in subsequent editions as well as providing a table of corresponding stanzas.
  • Daniel Karlin's wide-ranging introduction discusses FitzGerald's treatment of his Persian sources and theory of translation, his life and the circumstances of the poem's composition and revisions, its relation to the Orientalist tradition, Victorian literature and the Victorian context.
  • Explanatory notes include selective details of the relation between the English version and its Persian original, as well as information about literary and historical sources and allusions, and relevant biographical episodes.
  • A selection of contemporary reviews offers an insight into the poem's early reception, including the first attack on its status as a 'translation'; a further appendix reprints Tennyson's affectionate and moving poem 'To E. FitzGerald' - a poem begun as a dedication and ended as an elegy.
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