The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

By Edward Fitzgerald (Translator)
(Chartwell Books, Hardcover, 9780785826118, 128pp.)

Publication Date: May 2010

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Perhaps the most widely known poem in the world, the Rubaiyat has captured the imagination of millions of readers down the centuries. Its simple eloquence and lilting rhymes form an elegy to the transience of life and the beauty of human experience.

The Rubaiyat resonates with readers around the world. Simultaneously hedonistic and reflective, sensual and philosophical, it translates the contradictions of human nature into succinct, lyrical verse.

This collector’s edition, with page decorations by Edmund Dulac throughout, contains a detailed introduction to the poem by John Baldock. Originally penned in 11th-century Persia by astronomer and philosopher Omar Khayyam, the Rubaiyat was translated into English in the 19th century by scholar Edward Fitzgerald and gained a new lease on life.

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