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Letters To A Young Poet

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Author: Rilke, Rainer Maria
ISBN: 9780141192321
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year First Published: 2012
Pages: 84
Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm x 10mm
Format: Paperback / softback

‘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