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The Exhaustive Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

July 22, 2020

Austin Torney has continue his efforts to enhance, interpret and illustrate the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and Edward FitzGerald.  His latest work, entitled The Exhaustive Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam—With Roots/Relateds, Lore, and Metaphysics is the subject of several recent posts by him on the blog of the Omar Khayyam Club of America

Austin describes his latest production as follows.


This illustrated and illuminated hardcover presentation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is meant to be the final and exhaustive rendering of Edward FitzGerald’s 115 quatrains that he transmogrified from Omar’s Persian Farsi Arabic.

The breadth and depth of FitzOmar has been greatly expanded upon herein by the collection and improvement of the FitzGerald-based root quatrains, plus variants, and related Omar quatrains from the public domain, along with my own inspired quatrains, and some of Positor’s, and putting their illustrated quatrains right after the best FitzOmar rendition selected from his four versions—which overall pictorial presentation beats just reading though some very long texts, such as the Bodleian and Calcutta manuscripts.”

As we understand it, there is to be a hard cover printed edition, but Austin has also posted links to various pdf versions that can be accessed for free, together with accompanying videos with illustrations and music.

Our image shows the cover of one of the earlier versions of the Rubaiyat produced by Austin Torney.   Information on his previous work is given in a number of posts on this blog.  The most recent of these posts is on

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