Edward FitzGerald (1809-1883)

Death: 14th June 1883
Location: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Boulge, Suffolk, England
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English poet and writer who is best known for producing the most famous English translation of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. His translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám was first published as a pamphlet in 1859, but it attracted no attention until it was discovered in 1861 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Algernon Charles Swinburne. It slowly gained prominence and FitzGerald was encouraged to print a second, greatly revised, edition. Lines and phrases from the poem have been used as the titles of many literary works, among them Nevil Shute's The Chequer Board, James Michener's The Fires of Spring and Agatha Christie's The Moving Finger.