Since 2007, a number of new books have been published that deal with Omar Khayyam and his Rubaiyat.
Details on them are given below.
New editions of the Rubaiyat have also being published, including some to celebrate the 2009 anniveraries.
Popularity and Neglect
Papers from the 2009 Cambridge conference
Edited by Adrian Poole, Christine van Ruymbeke, William H Martin and Sandra Mason
Just published June 2011 by Anthem Press
THE RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM
By Jos Coumans
Just published October 2010 by Leiden University Press ISBN 978 908 72 8096 3
Poet, Rebel, Astronomer.
By Hazhir Teimourian
published 2007 by Sutton Publishing. ISBN 978 0 7509 4715 2
The Biography of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
By Garry Garrard
published 2007 by Sutton Publishing. ISBN 978 0 7509 4631 5 HB & 978 0 7509 4632 2 PB
Catalogue issued with Museum Meermano exhibition
By Jos Biegstraaten and Jos Coumans
published 2009 by Rozenberg Publishers, Amsterdam ISBN 978 90 361 0114 1
Illustrating FitzGerald's Rubaiyat
By William H. Martin & Sandra Mason
This book describes a phenomenon unique in publishing history: a book of poetry, published anonymously nearly 150 years ago - purporting to be the translation of an eleventh century Persian work - which has remained almost continuously in print and has stimulated at least 130 illustrators to try to illuminate the verses it contains.
The poetry in question is Edward FitzGerald’s version of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, a mathematician, astronomer and philosopher in eleventh century Persia. Edward FitzGerald was first introduced to Khayyam’s verses in the original Persian in 1856. Since 1859, there have been many hundreds of separate editions and reissues of the Rubaiyat, including many further translations of FitzGerald’s work into other languages. Today, FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat is one of the most universally known of all poems. It is also probably the most widely illustrated of all literary works. William H. Martin and Sandra Mason have produced the first serious attempt to examine the illustrated editions in detail. They tell the extraordinary story of the popularity of FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat, and survey how different illustrators have approached the task of interpreting the individual themes and topics of this poem.
Although the book focuses on one literary work, it provides a history of the changes in book illustration, mostly in Britain and America, over the past century and a half. With some 300 colour illustrations and covering the work of over 100 artists, it also provides background on the illustrators and a bibliography of the illustrated versions of FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat. This will prove a unique reference tool for collectors and bibliophiles.
William H. Martin and Sandra Mason have a long standing interest in the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, particularly the interpretation of these quatrains by Edward FitzGerald, and the numerous illustrated versions of FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat. This new publication is a product of their wide ranging research on the Rubaiyat, and the people and art works associated with it.
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