Letters on Life

New Prose Translations

By Rainer Maria Rilke; Ulrich Baer (Translator)
Modern Library, Paperback, 9780812969023, 215pp.

Publication Date: April 11, 2006

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Description
Gleaned from Rainer Maria Rilke's voluminous, never-before-translated correspondence, this volume offers""the best writings and personal philosophy of one of the twentieth century's greatest poets. The result is a profound vision of how the human drive to create and understand can guide us in every facet of life. Arranged by theme-from everyday existence with others to the exhilarations of love and the experience of loss, from dealing with adversity to the nature of inspiration-here are Rilke's thoughts on how to infuse everyday life with beauty, wonder, and meaning.
Intimate, stylistically masterful, brilliantly translated and assembled, and brimming with the passion of Rilke, ""Letters on Life is a font of wisdom and a perfect book for all occasions.



About the Author
Rainer Maria Rilke was born in Prague in 1875 and traveled throughout Europe for much of his adult life, returning frequently to Paris. There he came under the influence of the sculptor Auguste Rodin and produced much of his finest verse, most notably the two volumes of "New Poems "as well as the great modernist novel "The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge." Among his other books of poems are "The Book of Images" and "The Book of Hours. "He lived the last years of his life in Switzerland, where he completed his two poetic masterworks, the "Duino Elegies" and "Sonnets to Orpheus." He died of leukemia in December 1926.

Ulrich Baer is Vice Provost of Globalization and Multiculturalism at New York University.



Praise For Letters on Life

“Baer’s translations are eloquent, and his splendid Introduction is sensitive, thorough, and illuminating.”
–Burton Pike, professor emeritus of comparative literature at City University of New York


“An indispensable resource.”
–Booklist

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