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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,732 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rainer Maria Rilke Narrator: Max Deacon, Dan Stevens Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Rilke’s timeless letters about poetry, sensitive observation, and the complicated workings of the human heart.

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.

This edition also includes Rilke’s later work The Letter from the Young Worker.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I read Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet every day.”

    Lady Gaga

  • The common reader will be delighted by Stephen Mitchell’s new translation of that slim and beloved volume by Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet . . . the best yet. Los Angeles Times
  • “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.”

    The Times

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beneth | 2/17/2014

    " I came upon this book around the same time I was taking a Philosophy of Art class. I thought it was fantastic. It was motivating. It had the whole idealist/"to thine own self be true" theory of art and writing. It said to write because you must. If you are drawn to it, then you must do it. And do it purely. (and if i'm totally off base, hey, it was 20 years ago, what do I know;-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Debbie Hoskins | 2/5/2014

    " As I'm reading James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, I am appreciating Rilke's book. It has an accessibility along with the many nuggets of wisdom for the creative journey. It is also beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lian | 2/5/2014

    " To be re read over and over "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by sLogan | 2/5/2014

    " One of my fave reads -- you walk away with something new every time. "

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