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Article on FitzGerald and the Rubaiyat in Dhaka newspaper

December 14, 2017

We are frequently reminded about how international the interest in the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and Edward FitzGerald has become.  Jos Coumans has alerted us to another manifestation of this in the form of an article on the subject, by a fellow researcher John Drew, in the Dhaka Daily Star.  The Daily Star is described in Wikipedia as the largest circulating daily English-language newspaper in Bangladesh and the article is on the paper’s literature page.  It can be accessed via the following link http://www.thedailystar.net/literature/the-englishing-omar-khayyam-1502230.

The article provides an excellent introduction to the story of FitzGerald and the Rubaiyat with a certain emphasis on the South Asian connections.  Judging by the length and content of this piece, the readers of the Daily Star must be quite a sophisticated bunch, with more serious interests than is apparent among the readers of some British newspapers.  We congratulate John Drew on his success in spreading the word about the Rubaiyat in this way.

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