128 pages, 8 × 5.4 × 0.3 in
August 24, 2004
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0393310396
ISBN - 13: 9780393310399
From the Publisher
Born in 1875, the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems in 1898 and went on to become renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart. Drawn by some sympathetic note in his poems, young people often wrote to Rilke with their problems and hopes. From 1903 to 1908 Rilke wrote a series of remarkable responses to a young, would-be poet on poetry and on surviving as a sensitive observer in a harsh world. Those letters, still a fresh source of inspiration and insight, are accompanied here by a chronicle of Rilke's life that shows what he was experiencing in his own relationship to life and work when he wrote them.
About the Author
M. D. Herter Norton is a publisher and translator. Together with her husband William Warder Norton, she founded the publishing company W. W. Norton & Company. Her work as translator includes the translation of works by Rainer Marie Rilke.
From Our Editors
There are few poets who wrote about love more beautifully than the great German poet Rainer Maria Rilke. His sensitive, romantic, modern, perceptive and beautifully cadenced poetry - free from the limiting constraints of rhyme - are testaments to the power of the written word. Letters to a Young Poet is a moving series of 10 letters Rilke wrote between 1903 and 1908 to a young would-be-poet. He writes of surviving as a poet and sensitive observer in the harsh, modern world, and offers incredible insight into his craft. An outline of his life and work accompanies what was occurring in his life when he wrote these letters.