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New illustrated edition of the Rubaiyat from the South Western United States

August 10, 2016

We have just been sent a copy of a new illustrated edition of the Rubaiyat, put together and illustrated by the artist Linda Carter Holman.  The book is subtitled Along the Red Book Road, and it contains the 75 quatrains from FitzGerald’s first edition of the poem, together with an Introduction by Louis Untermeyer (reproduced from 1947) and a Preface by the artist.   The verses are presented in pairs with an illustration by Linda Carter Holman opposite.


The 44 illustrations are based on the artist’s existing Southwest series of paintings.  These are very joyous and colourful in style.  To our European eyes they seem to reflect the sun and colour of the southern United States, with its native American and Hispanic heritage, and they fall in a tradition also occupied by painters like Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo.

In her Preface, Linda Carter Holman explains how the Rubaiyat came to be significant in her personal and artistic life and how, for her, it is symbolised by the ‘red book’ which is a repeated element in her paintings.  She also recounts the way in which her long term wish to create her own illustrated edition of the poem came to fruition and how the images she needed to accompany the text seemed to be there among her existing works.  As with many illustrated editions, it is difficult sometimes for the outsider to see the connection between text and individual illustrations.  But the whole makes a very attractive and enjoyable book, which should help to draw newcomers to take a closer look at a great poem.

For more information, and to purchase a copy of the book, please go to  The price for a signed copy from the first edition of 1000 is US $ 24.95; P&P may be extra.  The ISBN is 9780976973225

6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2016 2:53 pm

    This looks like such fun. I went and ordered it.

  2. August 10, 2016 2:55 pm

    That’s great Martin. We hope others like it too.

  3. Garry Garrard permalink
    August 10, 2016 4:45 pm

    I tried too, but the website doesn’t seem to recognise anywhere except US states, and insists my international phone number is invalid! I have contacted the website to request a solution!

  4. August 10, 2016 6:06 pm

    We’ll forward Garry’s comment to Linda and hope she can do something about this.

  5. August 11, 2016 4:20 am

    We are happy that you are interested in the book…..
    please send us your address.
    The cost of the book plus the shipping of 12.95 comes to 37.90.
    At this moment the simplest way to receive payment appears to be through pay pal. Send
    I appreciate your interest and your thoughts.
    Linda Carter Holman
    Thank you

  6. September 20, 2016 2:44 pm

    I contacted Linda by email and she sent me the book instantly. It looks very nice, beautiful colourful illustrations. Thanks.

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