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Edward Fitzgerald (1809–1883)

Fitzgerald, Edward. A great English poet; born at Bredfield House, near Suffolk, March 31, 1809; died on June 3, 1883. (Fitzgerald was his mother’s family name, assumed by his father, John Purcell.) His writings are mostly remodeled translations of foreign poems; among them are versions of ‘Six Dramas from Calderón’ (1853); and two more, and far finer (‘The Mighty Magician’ and ‘Such Stuff as Dreams are Made Of’) subsequently; ‘The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám’ (1859), which ultimately won him assured immortality, though at first published anonymously and utterly neglected; Æschylus’s ‘Agamemnon’ and Sophocles’s ‘Œdipus’ plays, and part of Attár’s ‘Bird Parliament.’ (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).