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Simon Gladdish’s Rubaiyat based on Robert Graves now in revised version

November 7, 2018

Late in 2017, Simon Gladdish published a rhyming version of the Rubaiyat based on the 1967 edition prepared by Robert Graves and Omar Ali-Shah.  For details of the original edition of Simon’s book see https://omarkhayyamrubaiyat.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/new-version-of-robert-graves-rubaiyat/ .  Simon tell us that he has now published a second version of his book with a few editorial changes and completely revised format.  This is now available via Amazon, in both paperback and kindle form.

Many readers will know that the Graves/Ali-Shah edition suffered both from being based on a forged version of the original Persian verses, purporting to be from a newly found manuscript, and from reactions to Graves’ highly critical comments on the famous version of the Rubaiyat by Edward FitzGerald.  Simon deals with these issues in his preface, and he clearly feels that, despite the criticism, Graves’ version is a valuable poem, lacking only in the quality of rhyme.  This he has provided, mainly through alterations to the final line of each four line stanza.  He has also added a few of his own rubaiyat to Graves’ verses.

Readers of Simon’s book will have their own views both about the Graves’ original and Simon’s additions.  We draw attention again to an interesting and thoughtful review of the book on amazon.com, which discusses the implications for the meanings of the verses of the changes that Simon has made.  If other readers have views on this, please comment below.  The review also mentions a new more spiritual analysis of the Rubaiyat by Wes Jamroz, entitled A Journey with Omar Khayyam (Troubador Publications, 2018).  If anyone has seen this book, we should be glad to have some views on it.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Simon R.Gladdish permalink
    November 7, 2018 2:06 pm

    Dear Sandra & Bill

    A thousand thank yous for this brilliant blog post. (I could not have said it any better myself!)
    I feel utterly humbled and totally honoured.

    Warm wishes from Simon

  2. Simon R.Gladdish permalink
    November 7, 2018 3:49 pm

    Dear Sandra & Bill

    Incidentally, the ISBN number of the paperback now available from Amazon is:

    ‘The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayaam’ by Simon R. Gladdish

    ISBN 9781730806407

    Thanks once again.

    Warm wishes from Simon

  3. Simon R.Gladdish permalink
    November 7, 2018 4:06 pm

    Dear Sandra & Bill

    I probably should have added that the price of the paperback is just £4.50!

    Warm wishes from Simon

  4. November 15, 2018 10:33 am

    Simon tells us that he recently republished an earlier volume of his own four line verses, in which he explicitly acknowledges the inspiration of Edward FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat. The book has the title ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ and the verses are described as ‘an extended meditation on the nature of time and its effects’. A paperback version is available on Amazon at £4.99.

  5. Simon R.Gladdish permalink
    November 15, 2018 1:31 pm

    Dear Sandra & Bill

    Many thanks for drawing attention to my ‘SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER’. Rightly or wrongly I am intensely proud of it and I hope that your readers will investigate it thoroughly.

    Warm wishes from Simon

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