Letters to a Young Poet

Letters to a Young Poet


Introduction by:
Translator: Charlie Louth

Format
Paperback
Price
$14.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141192321
  • 112 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up

Overview

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.

Praise

"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
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