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  • Published: 28 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141983448
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $18.99

Letters to a Young Poet




Rilke's powerfully touching letters to an aspiring young poet, now in Penguin Classics

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, read by Max Deacon and Dan Stevens.

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.

  • Published: 28 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141983448
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $18.99

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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