Rumi’s Secret- The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love
by Brad Gooch
The acclaimed author of Smash Cut, Flannery and City Poet delivers the first popular biography of Rumi, the thirteenth-century Persian poet revered by contemporary Western readersThe ecstatic love poems of Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi mystic born over eight centuries ago, are beloved by millions of readers in America as well as around the world. He has been compared to Shakespeare, for his outpouring of creativity and to St. Francis of Assisi for his spiritual wisdom. Yet his life has long remained the stuff of legend rather than intimate knowledge.
In this breakthrough biography, Brad Gooch brilliantly brings to life the man and puts a face to the name Rumi as well as vividly coloring in his time and place, a world as rife with conflict as our own. The map of Rumis life stretched over 2,500 miles. Gooch traces this epic journey from Central Asia, where Rumi was born in 1207, traveling with his family, displaced by Mongol terror, to settle in Konya, Turkey. Pivotal was the disruptive appearance of Shams of Tabriz, teaching him to whirl and transforming him from a respectable Muslim preacher into a poet and mystic. Their vital connection as teacher and pupil, friend and beloved, is one of the worlds greatest spiritual love stories. When Shams disappeared, Rumi coped with the pain of separation by composing joyous poems of reunion, both human and divine.
Ambitious, bold and beautifully written, Rumis Secret reveals the unfolding of Rumis devotion to a religion of love, remarkable in his own time and made even more relevant for the twenty-first century by this compelling account.
About The Author
Brad Gooch is a poet, novelist and biographer whose previous ten books include Flannery: A Life of Flannery OConnor, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, New York Times Notable Book of the Year and New York Times bestseller; City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O’Hara; Godtalk: Travels in Spiritual America and the memoir Smash Cut. The recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships, he earned his PhD at Columbia University and is a professor of English at William Paterson University. He lives in New York City.