Edward Fitzgerald and the Woodbridge Wits


Edward Fitzgerald is best known to literature as the translator of a famous Persian poem, but there is more to him than a single book. He was a gentleman in an age when it was not necessary for him to work, and he lived the life of ease, reading books, sailing the Suffolk rivers he adored, and entertaining a select group of Woodbridge intellectuals whom he jokingly described as the ‘wits’. This is a fascinating portrait of just how agreeable life could be in rural parts if you were rich and cultured. The wit and society of Ed Fitz captivated his contemporaries and may even embrace a modern audience too!