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Letters to a Young Poet - Rainer Maria Rilke

Letters to a Young Poet

Paperback Published: 17th September 1993
ISBN: 9780393310399
Number Of Pages: 123
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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 that "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.

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"...I cannot think of a better book to put into the hands of any young would-be poet, as an inspirational guide to poetry and to surviving as a poet in a hostile world." Harry Fainlight, The Times

Translator's Notep. 7
Introductionp. 9
The Lettersp. 15
Chronicle, 1903-1908p. 79
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ISBN: 9780393310399
ISBN-10: 0393310396
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 123
Published: 17th September 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.4 x 13.9  x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.12
Edition Number: 1