Robert D. Richardson, Jr., is author of "Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind", which won the Melcher Prize in 1987, and of "'Emerson: Mind on Fire"', a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
"An artful analysis of the lives of two poets separated by centuries, geography, and culture, united by hope."
A biographer and former professor examines the texts and contexts of Edward FitzGerald's 1859 translation of Omar Khayyam's medieval quatrains, initially ignored but later a worldwide publishing success.
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