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The Duino Elegies are one of the twentieth centurys great works of art. In the space of ten elegies, presented here in a bilingual edition, an impassioned monologue struggles to find an individual answer to what it means to be human in a world torn by modern consciousness.
About the Author
Rainer Maria Rilke was born in Prague, Bohemia, in December 1875, In 1897 he had an affair with Louise Andreas (neA(c) von Salome), who was to remain a friend and influence on him throughout his life. In 1901, he married the sculptor Clara Westhoff and later that year their daughter Ruth was born, though the family lived in poverty. Rilke later went to Paris to meet the sculptor Rodin, a meeting that greatly influenced his own writings. He died in December 1926 at Valmont of leukemia.