128 pages, 7.25 × 5 × 0.57 in
March 7, 2000
New World Library
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1577311558
ISBN - 13: 9781577311553
From the Publisher
These have been called the most famous and beloved letters of the 20th century. Rainer Maria Rilke himself said that much of his creative expression went into his correspondence, and here he touches upon subjects that will interest writers, artists, and thinkers. Letters to a Young Poet is a classic that should be read by everyone who dreams of expressing themselves creatively. This luminous translation offers inspiration to all people who seek to know and express their inner truth. This edition features a new foreword by Kent Nerburn, author of Small Graces and Letters to My Son.
About the Author
More than any other modern German writer, Rainer Maria Rilke seems to match our romantic idea of what a poet should be, though, as with many writers, separating artistry from affectation is often difficult. Restless, sensitive, reverent, yet egotistical, Rilke often seems to hover in his poems like a sort of ethereal being. He was born in 1875 to a wealthy family in Prague. After a few years devoted to the study of art and literature, he spent most of his adult life wandering among the European capitals and devoting himself single-mindedly to poetry. His early poems reflect his interest in the visual and plastic arts, as he tries to lose himself in contemplation of objects such as an antique torso of Apollo.His later books of poetry, such as Duino Elegies (1923) and Sonnets to Orpheus (1923), on the contrary, focus intently on internal realms. The poetry of Rilke is noted, above all, for metaphysical and psychological nuances.
Author and lecturer Marianne Williamson was born in Houston, Texas on July 8, 1952. She attended Pomona College. She has lectured on spirituality and metaphysics for more than a decade and a half and is the founder of the America Renaissance Alliance. Return to Love was one of the best-selling books of 1992 and topped the New York Times bestseller list for 35 weeks. A Woman's Worth (1994) topped the list for 19 weeks.
From Our Editors
M. Burnham translates Rainer Maria Rilke’s famous classic. This edition of Letters to a Young Poet also
supports a forward by Kent Nerburn
— author of Small Graces and Letters to My Son. This volume of
collected letters by one of the most famous and beloved poets of the last
century touches on a wide range of topics that will interest writers, poets,
artists and philosophers. Rilke
originally published these letters because he though much of his creative
expression was funneled into his correspondence.