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- DescriptionWritten in Persian in the eleventh century, Omar Khayyam's quatrains, kwn as rubai, were written individually for an audience at court, and explored the meanings of life, love, and friendship. They were almost completely unkwn in the West until Edward FitzGerald--himself a relatively obscure critic--translated and organized some one hundred of them into a unified whole that he called The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, which he published anymously in 1859. Igred initially, it soon became a sensation--and FitzGerald with it, his work w translated into seventy languages--and one of the most-read works of literature of all time. Deftly and eloquently recounting in turn the life stories of Khayyam and FitzGerald, linking them over the span of eight centuries, acclaimed biographer Robert Richardson has crafted the story of the legendary Rubaiyat itself, illuminating a literary classic and reinforcing its place in the can of great world literature.
- Author BiographyRobert D. Richardson is the acclaimed author of several biographies, including William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism, Emerson: The Mind on Fire, and Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind. He has edited anthologies such as Three Centuries of American Poetry and Ralph Waldo Emerson: Selected Essays, Lectures, and Poems, and has taught at Harvard, Yale, the University of Denver, and UNC-Chapel Hill, among many others. He and his wife, Annie Dillard, live in Key West; Cripple Creek, Virginia; and South Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
- Author(s)Robert D. Richardson
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing Plc
- Date of Publication11/08/2016
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBloomsbury Publishing Plc
- Content Noteb&w images throughout
- Weight376 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine20 mm
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