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FitzGerald's Rubáiyát: A Victorian Invention

Zare-Behtash, Esmail


This study was written in the belief that FitzGerald did not so much translate a poem as invent a persona based on the Persian astronomer and mathematician (but not poet) Omar Khayyám. This 'invention' opened two different lines of interpretation and scholarship, each forming its own idea of a 'real' Omar based on FitzGerald's invention. One line sees Omar as a hedonist and nihilist; the other as a mystic or Sufi. My argument first is that the historical Omar was neither the former nor the...[Show more]

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Date published: 1994-08
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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