With Friends Possessed

With Friends Possessed : A Life of Edward Fitzgerald

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"[Edward] FitzGerald (1809-1883) won a small piece of immortality with his translation - adaptation of "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" ...but in every other way he seems to have successfully avoided fulfilment. A godless Epicurean, he lived in permanent virginity, never pressing his homosexual desires beyond a number of sentimental crushes...The son of a fabulously rich heiress, he rarely travelled...Though he had many friends he also had a perverse penchant for alienating them...[Robert Bernard]. Martin argues that FitzGerald's greatest achievement, outside the "Rubaiyat", is his letters, which certainly have grace and a wistful charm". ("Kirkus Review"). "There is something sad about the life of this loving and never quite satisfied man...Mr. Martin's biography is splendid reading, and it is a real credit to it that he makes us feel the sadness". ("New York Times").show more

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  • Electronic book text | 312 pages
  • FABER & FABER
  • Faber Finds
  • United Kingdom
  • 0571300502
  • 9780571300501

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Robert Bernard Martin (1918-1999) was born in Illinois. He had a distinguished academic career and was Professor Emeritus of English at Princeton University, USA, from 1951 to 1975, before retiring to Oxford, where he became a writer. He published ten books about the Victorian era, including biographies such as Tennyson, the Unquiet Heart in 1980 and A Very Private Life in 1991.show more