The impact of Persian life and literature upon Victorian England was tremendous. It found its public demonstration in the visit of the Shah, but the number of men of letters who turned to the Persian classics for inspiration were as numerous as they were great: William Jones, Charles Murray, Edward Browne, George Borrow, Richard Burton, Edward Palmer and, of course, Fitzgerald, translator of the Rubaiyat.
Contents: 1. “Have you Seen the Shah?” 2. The Nearing East 3. Sir William and Bocara’s Gold 4. Orientalism in Rags 5. Hippopotamus Murray 6. Julius de Reuter: Afternoon of a Faun 7. The Glory of God 8. The Writing Diplomats 9. “What For You Write Hajjî Baba…?” 10. Crown of the Moon 11. The Murder of Edward Palmer 12. Browne and the Eastward Yearning 13. George Borrow: In Thirty-Five Languages, No 14. Matthew Arnold and the Hindoo Koosh 15. Burton, Men’s Hearts to Gladden 16. Shíráz on the Concord 17. The Old Familiar Juice 18. On the Nature of Súfism 19. Omar FitzGerald 20. Mr Thiselton Dyer of the Royal Gardens