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  • Published: 17 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781611806861
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 120
  • RRP: $26.99

Letters to a Young Poet




46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946

A fresh perspective on a beloved classic by acclaimed translators Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy.

German poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s (1875–1926) Letters to a Young Poet has been treasured by readers for nearly a century. Rilke’s personal reflections on the vocation of writing and the experience of living urge an aspiring poet to look inward, while also offering sage wisdom on further issues including gender, solitude, and romantic love. Barrows and Macy’s translation extends this compilation of timeless advice and wisdom to a fresh generation of readers. With a new introduction and commentary, this edition places the letters in the context of today’s world and the unique challenges we face when seeking authenticity.

  • Published: 17 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781611806861
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 120
  • RRP: $26.99

About the author

RAINER MARIA RILKE

RAINER MARIA RILKE (1875-1926) is widely regarded as one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. His works include Duino Elegies, The Sonnets to Orpheus, and Letters to a Young Poet.

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