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FitzGerald, Edward

Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. Edward FitzGerald. Edited by Daniel Karlin. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2009. lxix, 169 p. (Oxford world classics) ISBN: 9780199542970

"Daniel Karlin's richly annotated edition focuses on the poem as a work of Victorian literary art, doing justice to the scope and complexity of FitzGerald's lyrical meditation on "human death and fate." Karlin provides a history of publication and revision, a long critical introduction, and extensive textual and explanatory notations. He documents the poem's treatment of its Persian sources, along with its multiple affiliations with English and Classical literature and to the Bible. A selection of contemporary reviews offers an insight into the poem's early reception, including the first attack on its status as a translation."
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