"Four editions of the Rubáiyát were published during FitzGerald’s lifetime (1809–83). This is the first critical edition to be prepared in accordance with principles of modern textual criticism.... A well-produced book that makes an important contribution.
"A model of contemporary textual scholarship.
"Christopher Decker has come forward with a splendid critical edition of the poem, containing FitzGerald’s introductory essay and notes to each version. It prints all four printed versions along with manuscript variants and, most usefully indeed, appends a comparative version in which each quatrain appears in a column with its variants keyed to their order of placement in the four editions as well as revised copy- and proof-texts for that of 1872.
(John Hollander Yale Review
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Persian