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Garry Garrard 1941-2018

December 29, 2018

Just before Christmas we heard the sad news of the death of Garry Garrard, a long standing friend and research colleague.  We first met Garry in the early 2000’s when he was working on his book on the Rubaiyat, and we were busy with our research for The Art of Omar Khayyam.  His volume, A Book of Verse:  The Biography of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, published in 2007, provided a unique view of the history of the Rubaiyat, with much new information on the evolution of Rubaiyat translation, publication, and illustration.  Garry went on to do further research on the polymath Edward Heron-Allen who carried out extensive work on the Rubaiyat, and he also explored the history of Edward FitzGerald’s links with Bedford via his friendship with W K Browne and his family.  Over the years we have enjoyed many exchanges and meetings with Garry and we and others have benefited from his advice and sharp analysis.  We mourn his passing and we send Bernadette and his family our deep sympathy.  Rest in peace, Garry.

Garry’s work has been the basis of many contributions to this blog over the past decade.  One of the most recent can be found at

3 Comments leave one →
  1. David Bullivant permalink
    December 29, 2018 4:38 pm

    Rest in peace Garry – I loved your book. I’ll turn down an empty glass for you…

  2. Charles Mugleston permalink
    December 29, 2018 5:17 pm

    “Give Love and receive The Kingdom” St Anselm …”Paradise enow”

  3. December 29, 2018 5:50 pm

    Stunned. Garry and I had a wonderful correspondence a few years ago. His insights into the Rubaiyat, as well as other topics, added greatly to my appreciation. I’m stunned. He was a year or two younger than I. He seemed so robust. Ohhhh! And I also, like others here, loved his book. I will sit quietly over the next days and deeply mark his passing.

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