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Let’s celebrate Edward FitzGerald’s birthday

March 31, 2021

Edward FitzGerald was born on 31st March 1809 and his Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam was published on the same day in 1859. So today in 2021 marks the 212th anniversary of his birth and 162nd anniversary of the first appearance of his famous poem. It is an appropriate time to pause and think about the self effacing author who brought so much of value to the world in terms of literature and philosophy and who has given so many of us much stimulus and joy.

We have already celebrated FitzGerald over a lunch of toasted cheese which was one of his favourite dishes. He described himself as a ‘philocaseotostus’ and we are certainly members of that exotic club. This evening we shall raise a glass of a suitable beverage in FitzGerald’s honour and we hope that others will join us in this way. We have no doubt that FitzGerald’s work will continue to bring much pleasure to old and new readers over the years ahead.

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  1. Lois permalink
    March 31, 2021 3:06 pm

    Happy Birthday Edward FitzGerald ! (His version of the Rubaiyat is the subject of my MA Illustration studies & project – living with the poems is a continual delight and source of inspiration for me – and I also share his love of toasted cheese!)

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