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Letters to a Young Poet, Rilke,  Rainer Maria
Letters to a Young Poet
Rainer Maria Rilke

Paperback $16.99 - Penguin UK
Poetry - Published: 2/Jul/2012 - ISBN: 9780141192321

'Most unsayable of all are works of art, mysterious existences whose lives exist alongside ours'

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 writers and artists of all kinds. This book also contains the 'Letter from a Young Worker', a striking polemic against Christianity written in letter-form, near the end of Rilke's life.

In Lewis Hyde's introduction, he explores the context in which these letters were written and how the author embraced his isolation as a creative force. Charlie Louth's afterword discusses the similarities and contrasts of the two works, and Rilke's religious and sexual wordplay. This edition also contains a chronology, notes, and suggested further reading.

Translated, edited and with notes and an afterword by Charlie Louth
Introduced by Lewis Hyde



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