The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: First and Fifth Editions

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One of the best-known, most often quoted English classics. Edward FitzGerald's free translation of skeptical, hedonistic verse attributed to Omar Khayyám (1048–1122), Persian mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher. The 5th edition incorporates FitzGerald's handwritten changes in the 4th edition, and is traditionally printed with the 1st edition. Notes explaining Persian names and unfamiliar terms.

Omar Khayyam (1048-1122) was a Persian mathematician, astronomer,...

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Overview

One of the best-known, most often quoted English classics. Edward FitzGerald's free translation of skeptical, hedonistic verse attributed to Omar Khayyám (1048–1122), Persian mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher. The 5th edition incorporates FitzGerald's handwritten changes in the 4th edition, and is traditionally printed with the 1st edition. Notes explaining Persian names and unfamiliar terms.

Omar Khayyam (1048-1122) was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who was not known as a poet in his lifetime. These verses lay in obscurity until 1859, when FitzGerald published a free adapation of this Persian poetry. As a result, The Rubaiyat became one of the best-known and most often quoted English classics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486264677
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 11/2/2011
  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions Series
  • Edition description: 1st and 5th editions; Unabridged
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 317,948
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

TEXT OF THE FIRST EDITION (1859)
TEXT OF THE FIFTH EDITION (1889)
NOTES

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    Epicurian Materialist or Spiritual Mystic?

    My first superficial reading of the Rubaiyat at 18 left me with the impression that Omar was an epicurian materialist and a nagging feeling that I missed something in the verses. Now almost 40 years later, I know that Omar was a deeply spiritual writer who gave us stirring verses of the love of God if you only look behind the meaning of the words he used. To those who do not agree, I can only say, 'Awake, for morning in the bowl of night, has flung the stone that puts the stars to flight!' Look behind the words. Find the spiritual truths that Omar held so dear.

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