- Fitzgerald, Edward
- (1809-1883)He was born at Bredfield House, near Woodbridge, Suffolk, into a wealthy family. After King Edward the Sixth's Grammar School, Bury St. Edmunds, he went to Trinity College, Cambridge, from where he graduated in 1830. Lord Tennyson (see entry) dedicated to him his poem "Tiresias," though Fitzgerald died just before it was published. He was buried at Boulge, Suffolk. Fitzgerald never took up a profession but turned his energies into writing. In 1849, he published the biography of the Quaker poet Bernard Barton (see entry). He is renowned for his translation (1859) from the Persian of Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, the astronomer poet of Persia. Some of his other publications: Euphranor, a Dialogue on Youth, 1851. Six Dramas of Calderon, freely translated by Edward Fitzgerald, 1853. Polonius: a Collection of Wise Saws and Modern Instances, 1852 (with a preface on proverbs and aphorisms). Agamemnon of Æschylus, 1876 (translation). Tales of the Hall, 1882 (with an introduction, Readings in Crabbe (see entry, Crabbe, George). Some of his other poems: "Agamemnon," "Chivalry at a Discount," "Some We Loved," "The Meadows in Spring," "The Three Arrows."Sources: Dictionary of National Biography. Electronic Edition 1.1. Oxford University Press, 1997. Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite DVD, 2006. English Poetry: Author Search. Chadwyck-Healey Ltd., 1995 (http://www.lib.utexas.edu:8080/search/epoetry/author.html). Poemhunter (www.poemhunter.com). The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org). The Home Book of Modern Verse. Burton Egbert Stevenson, ed. Henry Holt, 1953. The National Portrait Gallery (www.npg.org.uk). The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 6th edition. Margaret Drabble, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000. Unauthorized Versions: Poems and Their Parodies. Kenneth Baker, ed. Faber and Faber, 1990.
British and Irish poets. A biographical dictionary. William Stewart. 2015.