"Christopher Decker has come forward with a splendid critical edition of the poem, containing FitzGerald's introductory essay and notes to each version. It prints all four printed versions along with manuscript variants and, most usefully indeed, appends a comparative version in which each quatrain appears in a column with its variants keyed to their order of placement in the four editions as well as revised copy- and proof-texts for that of 1872.--John Hollander "Yale Review "
Christopher Decker is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has also published articles on allusion, literary influence, the history of reading, and appropriations of Shakespeare in Victorian poetry and culture.
I wish I could have met him! I feel sure that the translation as good as it is does not capture his wisdom and brilliant verse. Read morePublished on July 30 2002 by Barbara R. Akin
My father introduced me to the Rubiiyat when I was very young and I have always enjoyed quoting from it because it reflects such a wise philosophy on various aspects of life. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 1999