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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.

'What matters is to live everything. Live the questions for now.'
A hugely influential collection for writers and artists of all kinds, Rilke's profound and lyrical letters to a young friend advise on writing, love, sex, suffering and the nature of advice itself.
One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics' huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries - including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780241252055

    May 2, 2016

    Penguin Classics

    128 pages

    RRP $2.99

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  • Paperback

    9780141192321

    June 12, 2012

    Penguin Classics

    84 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • Hardback

    9780679642329

    December 15, 2001

    Random House USA

    RRP $26.99

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  • Paperback

    9780394741048

    October 1, 1989

    Random House USA

    RRP $16.99

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  • Letters To A Young Poet
    Rainer Maria Rilke

    EBook

    9780241252062

    March 3, 2016

    Penguin eBooks

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  • Letters To A Young Poet
    Rainer Maria Rilke

    EBook

    9780141960470

    June 27, 2011

    Penguin eBooks

    160 pages

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