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- DescriptionEdward FitzGerald (1809-1883) won a small piece of immortality with his translation-adaptation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam...but in every other way he seems to have successfully avoided fulfilment. A godless Epicurean, he lived in permanent virginity, never pressing his homosexual desires beyond a number of sentimental crushes...The son of a fabulously rich heiress, he rarely travelled...Though he had many friends he also had a perverse penchant for alienating them...Robert Bernard Martin argues that FitzGerald's greatest achievement, outside the Rubaiyat, is his letters, which certainly have grace and a wistful charm . ( Kirkus Review ). There is  something sad about the life of this loving and never quite satisfied man...Mr. Martin's biography is splendid reading, and it is a real credit to it that he makes us feel the sadness . ( New York Times ).
- Author BiographyRobert Bernard Martin (1918-1999) was born in Illinois. He had a distinguished academic career and was Professor Emeritus of English at Princeton University, USA, from 1951 to 1975, before retiring to Oxford, where he became a writer. He published ten books about the Victorian era, including biographies such as Tennyson, the Unquiet Heart in 1980 and A Very Private Life in 1991.
- Author(s)Robert Bernard Martin
- PublisherFaber & Faber
- Date of Publication21/02/2013
- SubjectBiography: Literary
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintFaber & Faber
- Content NoteIllustrations, ports.
- Weight472 g
- Width153 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
- Edition StatementMain
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