Books: Poetic Philosopher

OMAR KHAYYAM—Harold Lamb— Doubleday, Doran ($2.50).

Though he was, thanks to Edward Fitzgerald's paraphrase of the Rubaiyat, one of the most popular poets of the 19th Century, only three facts are known about Persian Poet Omar Khayyam. He lived in the 12th Century; he was court astronomer for the Sultan Malikshah; his grave is at Nisapur, Persia. On these three facts, some traditions, and much imaginative reconstruction. Author Lamb has written a 316-page story of Omar's life, loves, adventures. Though Omar Khayyam does not read like an eyewitness report. Author Lamb has turned...

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