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  • Published: 27 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141960470
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

Letters To A Young Poet

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The poet Rilke's lyrical and life-changing advice to an aspiring young writer is among the most inspiring expressions of youthful creativity there has ever been.

Originally written to a young man considering a career in the German military, Rainer Maria Rilke's beautiful letters explore a huge range of subjects delicately and with a passionate sensitivity. The recipient, Franz Kappus, began to send his poetry to the 27-year-old Rilke when a student, seeking advice. Their correspondence lasted from 1902 to 1908, and Kappus collated and published the ten letters after Rilke's death. The letters contain insights which are as profound today as when they were written, touching on sexuality, love, creativity and other aspects of the human condition. The book is perenially and hugely influential in the US, where it enjoys the accolade of being Lady Gaga's favourite book.

  • Pub date: 27 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141960470
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

About the Author

Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke (1975-1926), one of Germany’s greatest lyrical poets, was born in Prague. He studied literature and the history of art in Munich and Berlin, and lived for some time in Paris where he was a secretary to the sculptor Rodin. He died in Switzerland.

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