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Letters to a Young Poet

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Letters to a Young Poet

by Rilke, Rainer Maria

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New York; (1934): W.W. Norton. Octavo. Early printing. (NAP). 128 pages. Translated by M.D. Heeter Norton. An important insight into the poet whose letters from a young poet he never met give insights both into how poetry is constructed as well as insights into one of the great German poets. Biographical notes at the end of the book give an account of the poet's own life at the time when he wrote these letters. Very few poets would take the time to read an unknown poet's work and give the writer Rilke's own feeling about their work. A very good copy bound in light brown cloth lettered in gilt, spine lettering gilt over black in a very good, clipped dust jacket lettered in red and black, large chips to spine ends, some toning to edges and spine.


Rilke's powerfully touching letters to an aspiring young poet   At the start of the twentieth century, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote a series of letters to a young officer cadet, advising him on writing, love, sex, suffering, and the nature of advice itself. These profound and lyrical letters have since become hugely influential for generations of writers and artists of all kinds, including Lady Gaga and Patti Smith. With honesty, elegance, and a deep understanding of the loneliness that often comes with being an artist, Rilke's letters are an endless source of inspiration and comfort. Lewis Hyde's new introduction explores the context in which these letters were written and how the author embraced his isolation as a creative force.   This edition also includes Rilke's later work The Letter from the Young Worker .


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