'Some for the glories of the sole': the Rubáiyát and FitzGerald's sceptical American parodists. A.S. Drury.
In: FitzGerald's Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. Popularity and neglect. Ed. by A. Poole et al. London, Anthem Press, 2011. pp. 193-212.
Drury sees in American parodies of the Rubáiyát a critique of the uncomplicated celebration of cultural fusion that many of FitzGerald’s champions promulgated. Her examples include the different uses of the Rubáiyát made by Mark Twain, Oliver Herford, and the ‘Hoosier poet’ James Whitcomb Riley.