The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Released Thursday, 22nd May 2014
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Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. In 1859 the poet Edward FitzGerald published a long poem based on the verses of the 11th-century Persian scholar Omar Khayyam. Not a single copy was sold in the first few months after the work's publication, but after it came to the notice of members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood it became enormously influential. Although only loosely based on the original, the Rubaiyat made Khayyam the best-known Eastern poet in the English-speaking world. FitzGerald's version is itself one of the most admired works of Victorian literature, praised and imitated by many later writers.

With:

Charles Melville
Professor of Persian History at the University of Cambridge

Daniel Karlin
Winterstoke Professor of English Literature at the University of Bristol

Kirstie Blair
Professor of English Studies at the University of Stirling

Producer: Thomas Morris.

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47m 7s
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