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
Grand poete autrichien, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) connut de nombreuses femmes (Lou, Clara, puis la princesse Turn und Taxis, Merline?) avec qui il correspond tout au long de sa vie a travers une correspondance volumineuse, et souvent magnifique. Lou Andreas-Salome en est la principale destinatrice jusqu'a sa mort.
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.