Sullivan illustration from new website
Bob Forrest, who has been an important contributor to this blog, has now launched a new website devoted to a number of his wide ranging interests, including the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. His interest in the Rubaiyat stems from his teenage years and has been revived more recently following efforts to explain some of the more obscure corners of the poem for the benefit of two ex-students, one Vietnamese and the other Chinese. The Rubaiyat archive on the website contains a large number of essays and notes covering reactions to the Rubaiyat, various religious interpretations and controversies, illustrations, and much more. There are detailed notes on individual quatrains, including comments on the issue of ‘throwing the stone’ in quatrain one of the FitzGerald’s first edition, a topic discussed on this site (see http://omarkhayyamrubaiyat.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/yet-more-on-the-puzzle-about-quatrain-one-what-does-the-stone-signify/ and earlier posts).
To get to the Rubaiyat section of Bob’s new website, go to the home page at http://bobforrestweb.co.uk/ and scroll down to the relevant paragraphs. Or you can go directly to http://bobforrestweb.co.uk/The_Rubaiyat/index_of_the_rubaiyat_archive.htm. On the home page, there are also links to various other sites of use to Rubaiyat researchers. Congratulation to Bob for creating a major addition to the Rubaiyat resources.