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Letters to a Young Poet (Modern Library)

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Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet are arguably the most famous and beloved letters of the twentieth century. Written when the poet was himself still a young man, with most of his greatest work before him, they were addressed to a student who had sent Rilke some of his own writing, asking for advice on becoming a writer. The two never met, but over a period of several years Rilke wrote him these ten letters, which have been cherished by hundreds of thousands of readers for what Stephen Mitchell calls in his Foreword the "vibrant and deeply felt experience of life" that informs them. Eloquent and personal, Rilke's meditations on the creative process, the nature of love, the wisdom of children, and the importance of solitude offer a wealth of spiritual and practical guidance for anyone. At the same time, this collection, in Stephen Mitchell's definitive translation, reveals the thoughts and feelings of one of the greatest poets and most distinctive sensibilities of the twentieth century.

Review:

"The common reader will be delighted by Stephen Mitchell's new translation of that slim and beloved volume by Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet . . . the best yet." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

Rilkes Letters to a Young Poet are arguably the most famous and beloved letters of the twentieth century. Written when the poet was himself still a young man, with most of his greatest work before him, they were addressed to a student who had sent Rilke some of his own writing, asking for advice on becoming a writer. The two never met, but over a period of several years Rilke wrote him these ten letters, which have been cherished by hundreds of thousands of readers for what Stephen Mitchell calls in his Foreword the "vibrant and deeply felt experience of life" that informs them. Eloquent and personal, Rilkes meditations on the creative process, the nature of love, the wisdom of children, and the importance of solitude offer a wealth of spiritual and practical guidance for anyone. At the same time, this collection, in Stephen Mitchells definitive translation, reveals the thoughts and feelings of one of the greatest poets and most distinctive sensibilities of the twentieth century.

Synopsis:

Readers of all ages have long turned to Rilke's Letters for inspiration, insight, and to learn what it means to be a writer in the words of one of the great poets of all time. Intimate, profound, and eminently cherishable, this new hardcover edition of the Letters will be the ideal keepsake for the poetically inclined.

About the Author

Rainer Marie Rilke, the great Austro-German poet, was the author of many works including Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus.

Stephen Mitchell's translations include Ahead of All Parting: The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, The Book of Job, Tao Te Ching, and, most recently, Bhagavad-Gita. He lives in California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679642329
Translator:
Mitchell, Stephen
Author:
Mitchell, Stephen
Author:
Rilke, Rainer Maria
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Letters
Subject:
Correspondence
Subject:
Authors, german
Subject:
Rilke, Rainer Maria
Subject:
Authors, German -- 20th century.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
poetry;letters;writing;non-fiction;literature;essays;german;correspondence;rilke;german literature;epistolary;20th century;rainer maria rilke;philosophy;fiction;poetics;creativity;advice;art;classic;memoir;literary criticism;classics;biography;poets;spiri
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Modern Library (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
no 28
Publication Date:
20011231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.56x4.90x.60 in. .43 lbs.

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Product details 128 pages Modern Library - English 9780679642329 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The common reader will be delighted by Stephen Mitchell's new translation of that slim and beloved volume by Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet . . . the best yet."
"Synopsis" by , Rilkes Letters to a Young Poet are arguably the most famous and beloved letters of the twentieth century. Written when the poet was himself still a young man, with most of his greatest work before him, they were addressed to a student who had sent Rilke some of his own writing, asking for advice on becoming a writer. The two never met, but over a period of several years Rilke wrote him these ten letters, which have been cherished by hundreds of thousands of readers for what Stephen Mitchell calls in his Foreword the "vibrant and deeply felt experience of life" that informs them. Eloquent and personal, Rilkes meditations on the creative process, the nature of love, the wisdom of children, and the importance of solitude offer a wealth of spiritual and practical guidance for anyone. At the same time, this collection, in Stephen Mitchells definitive translation, reveals the thoughts and feelings of one of the greatest poets and most distinctive sensibilities of the twentieth century.
"Synopsis" by , Readers of all ages have long turned to Rilke's Letters for inspiration, insight, and to learn what it means to be a writer in the words of one of the great poets of all time. Intimate, profound, and eminently cherishable, this new hardcover edition of the Letters will be the ideal keepsake for the poetically inclined.
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