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Richardson, Robert D.

Nearer the heart's desire. Poets of the Rubaiyat: a dual biography of Omar Khayyam and Edward FitzGerald. Robert D. Richardson. New York, Bloomsbury USA, 2016.
ISBN: 9781620406533


Part I
Chapter 1: Omar Khayyam and His Rubaiyat
Chapter 2: The Legend of the Three Students
Chapter 3: The World of Omar Khayyam: Nishapur, Khorasan, and Seljuq Persia
Chapter 4: The Early Years of Omar Khayyam
Chapter 5: Omar Khayyam and the Court of the Seljuqs
Chapter 6: Omar Khayyam and His Associates, 1075– 1090
Chapter 7: The Disastrous Decade: The 1090s
Chapter 8: The Sufi Turn
Chapter 9: Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat
Chapter 10: Later Life and Last Day of Omar Khayyam
Interlude: The Destruction of Nishapur

Part II
Chapter 11: London, 1861: FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat Appears
Chapter 12: FitzGerald’s Family and Early Years
Chapter 13: School Years
Chapter 14: Thackeray
Chapter 15: Tennyson
Chapter 16: Carlyle
Chapter 17: Bachelor Life
Chapter 18: A Friendship Like a Love: William Kenworthy Browne
Chapter 19: Poetry
Chapter 20: FitzGerald at Work: Editing and Assembly; the Example of Barton
Chapter 21: FitzGerald and Persia
Chapter 22: Rendering Rubaiyat
Chapter 23: Translated or Rendered?
Chapter 24: Gerontion: The Last Years of Edward FitzGerald
Chapter 25: The Lucretian Parallel
Chapter 26: FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat Now

Image Credits
A Note on the Author