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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; 1st Edition edition (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141192305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141192307
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.9 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...I cannot think of a better book to put into the hands of any young would-be poet, as an inspirational guide to poetry and to surviving as a poet in a hostile world. (Harry Fainlight The Times )

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Rainer Maria Rilke was born in 1875 in Prague. He studied literature, art history and philosophy in both Munich and Prague, and is often considered one of the German language's greatest 20th century poets. His two most famous verse sequences are the Sonnets to Orpheus and the Duino Elegies; his two most famous prose works are the Letters to a Young Poet and the semi-autobiographical The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

Charlie Louth was born in 1969 in Bristol. He is a Fellow of the Queen's College, Oxford, where he lectures in German. He is the author of Hölderlin and the Dynamics of Translation (1998).

Lewis Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic. A MacArthur Fellow and former director of undergraduate creative writing at Harvard University, Hyde is a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss T. Nguyen on 5 Sept. 2011
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I've often seen extracts of the letters and have finally purchased my copy of the letters. I absolutely love them. They're pretty much the manual to life that got lost in the post when I was born. Rainer is a gift to our planet and I feel like these letters will be a source I'll reach for every now and then for comfort and empowerment.

I higly recommend this for poets (obviously) but also anyone who want to inspired and touched, for those who rebel the conventional ways and the free-spirited. Honestly, I believe it will believe it will benefit everyone and anyone.
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I bought and read this book after discussing Rilke with a Rilke fan and having to admit I'd never read anything by him. I doubt this is particularly unusual, which based on these letters is a shame. She suggested reading this set of letters as a good place to start. (This edition contains what seems to me to be a slightly odd combination of actual letters from Rilke to another younger poet (hence the title), and a fictional piece by Rilke titled "The Letter from a Young Worker". I assume this is because both are very short and may not justify a book on their own).

If you write and you read nothing else by Rilke read the first letter - but better still read them all.
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The content as others have said... is well worth reading. And I won't add to their already 'gleaming' comments in this review. My surprise though, was how slim this tome is. Fiscally speaking... whether the 'sixty-two' pages of 'actual' content are worthy of the £8.99 asking price, is another matter. This waif-like novella will take an hour of your time to finish. Please be aware of this when purchasing. You'd be far better off buying 'Ahead of All Parting' (Modern Library) edited by Stephen Mitchell ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ahead-All-Parting-Selected-Library/dp/0679601619 ) if you wanted to initially delve into the existentially mystical Rilke.
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