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Edward FitzGerald – the Bedford Connection. A new book by Garry Garrard

February 13, 2017

10a-wkbrowneFor several years now, fellow researcher Garry Garrard has been investigating Edward FitzGerald’s links with the market town of Bedford, and the family of William Kenworthy Browne (pictured) whose friendship brought him to the area.  Garry himself lived in Bedford for many years and he has managed to unearth much new information about FitzGerald’s links with the town and the history of the Browne family.  An earlier post contained information about one of the Browne family’s homes, see .  Garry has also located various unpublished letters by FitzGerald and other important material of his which was still in the possession of the Browne family; this has now been deposited in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge.

The full findings of Garry’s investigations are set out in his new book entitled Edward FitzGerald – the Bedford Connection, (Culfadda Publishing, January 2017, ISBN 978-0-9933009-1-2).  The publisher’s description of the book is as follows.

Edward FitzGerald is best remembered as the translator of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, but he was also a brilliant correspondent whose letters provide a fascinating insight into Victorian life and mores. He visited Bedford and stayed there at least once every year between 1834 and 1859, and kept in touch with local developments for another fifteen years through letters exchanged with his old friends and acquaintances. This fascinating book tells the story of his relationship with the town, with William Kenworthy Browne, and with the Elliott family. The sources for many of the events after 1859 are previously unpublished letters.  

The book is beautifully produced, with many colour and black and white illustrations.  The cost is £12 including UK postage and packing (overseas postage cost on request).  You can e-mail requests to us on, and we will pass the enquiries on to Garry*.  We found the book a really interesting read.

  • Unfortunately the direct email address to the publishers ( is no longer working.   So please send or resend enquiries about the book to us as shown above.
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  1. February 15, 2017 11:57 am

    Unfortunately the direct email address to the publishers (, shown in the initial version of this post, is no longer working. So please send or resend enquiries about the book to us as shown above.


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