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Austin Torney is finally satisfied with his version of the Rubaiyat

October 12, 2016

The artist and poet Austin P. Torney has put much effort in recent years to producing versions of the Rubaiyat in various media including print, digital, and video editions. He has now reissued a number of these, including a new version, entitled Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Ancient Times, with which he says he is ‘completely satisfied’.

Details of Austin’s new Rubaiyat editions can be found via his blog As we have commented in previous posts (see below), Austin takes a very eclectic approach to Rubaiyat verses, presentation and illustration, using vibrant colours with both ancient and modern imagery. This approach may not be to the taste of traditionalists, but it has an immediacy which may attract new readers and viewers. Judge for yourself by following the YouTube links from Austin’s blog.

austintorney1016Austin lists his editions now available as follows.

Three New Rubaiyats:

Rubaiyat of Eternal Secrets

Rubaiyat of Rhymes and Reasons

Persian Dreams

Two New Versions:

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Ancient Times

Austin’s Golden Rubaiyat Persia-Fumes

Two Revisions:

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Resplendent

Austin’s Golden Rubaiyat Art Scapes

Two Joinings by interleaving:

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Ancient Times Resplendent

Austin’s Golden Rubaiyat Persia-Fumes Art Scapes

Several Large Collections that bring similar themed books together: The Superlative Omar Khayyam Rubaiyat, The Complete Lore and Legends, and more.

Austin adds : “also of interest, I provide a Theory of Everything. Omar was among the pioneers who wondered about the Great Wheel. This is the be-all and end-all to my productions, for now.”

Earlier posts on this blog about Austin Torney’s work include particularly the following:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2017 4:30 pm

    Austin has added the following.

    In a new book, ‘The Fully Annotated Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’ by Austin P. Torney, all the 115 quatrains of Edward FitzGerald are explained and/or related to Austin’s retransmogrified root quatrain from the ancient Omar Khayyam manuscripts, along with some summary pages of themes when there are many quatrains somewhat related. Obscurity is no more!

    The focus here is on the words, of course, but the illustration is still profuse. Links for ‘The Fully Annotated Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’ are:


    Video (Begins with a new Rubaiyat song):

  2. May 23, 2017 11:45 am

    Austin has just sent us an update on his publications as follows.

    “Austin P. Torney has published new Fitz-Omar Rubaiyats:

    ‘The Fully Annotated Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’, &

    ‘The Ornamented Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’, and two extensions of it having more art;

    Plus a Rubaiyat of Austin’s own quatrains:

    ‘Omar Returns Rubaiyat Adorned’;

    Plus many other books employing quatrains.

    Here’s the top of Austin’s blog in order for all the details to be explored:

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