Monday, January 26, 2009
We want the people to focus on Khayyam’s nationality: American curator
The exhibition of 200 items from the Ransom Center’s diverse collections introduces the unique cultural phenomenon of the “Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”, which is a gnostic and mystical collection of Persian poems by the world renowned polymath and poem, Hakim Omar Khayyam, translated into English by Edward Fitzgerald in 1859.
In order to elicit the elaborated information on the details of exhibition, Tehran Times held an exclusive interview with Molly Schwartzburg, the Ransom Center’s curator of British and American literature and co-curator of the exhibition.
What follows is the complete text of an Internet interview with Mrs. Schwartzburg in which a variety of topics related to “Persian Sensation” and its probable impacts on public opinion and the cultural community of the U.S. is discussed.