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About the book
  • Published: 1 October 1989
  • ISBN: 9780394741048
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $18.99

Letters To A Young Poet

Little Black Classics




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.

  • Pub date: 1 October 1989
  • ISBN: 9780394741048
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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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