He would become one of the most important poets of the twentieth century; she was the uber-muse of Europe's turn-of-the-century thinkers and artists. In this never-before-translated collection of letters spanning almost thirty years, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome, a writer and intellectual fourteen years his senior, pen a relationship that moves from that of lovers to that of mentor and protege, to that of deepest personal and literary allies. From the time of their first meeting and consequent affair to Rilke's death in 1926, Rilke and Salome reeled through extremes of love, pain, annoyance, desire, and need-yet guided each other in one of the most fruitful artistic exchanges in twentieth-century literature. Despite illness, distance, and emotional and psychological pain, they managed to cultivate, through strikingly honest prose, an enduring and indispensable friendship, a decades-long heartfelt dialogue that encompassed love, art, and the imagination.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) is considered one of the greatest poets who ever wrote in the German language. His most famous works are Sonnets to Orpheus, The Duino Elegies, Letters to a Young Poet, and The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. His collected work is comprised of hundreds of other poems, essays, plays, and stories. Lou Andreas-Salome (1861-1937) is an important figure in the lives of many Western thinkers and artists. A Russian-born psychoanalyst and author, her diverse interests led to influential relationships with an array of intellectuals, including Nietzsche, Freud, and Rilke. Edward Snow is an award-winning translator of the poetry and prose of Rilke. He is a professor at Rice University and lives in Houston, Texas. Michael Winkler has written extensively on modern poetry and fiction. He is a professor at Rice University and lives in Houston, Texas.
"These newly and brilliantly translated diaries chart the early years... [and] have the fascination of all early self-portraits." Tom Otley, Literary Review "The diary reveals an extraordinarily precocious, but also precious, mind...." Jamie McKendrick, Independent on Sunday "This book is an act of creeping self-discovery: one which begins in clogged and densely self-regarding prose, and ends within sight of the glorious clarity of his later and greater works." Michael Glover, The Daily Telegraph"
Rainer Maria Rilke, Lou Andreas-Salome
RAINER MARIA RILKE & LOU ANDRE
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The Correspondence Translated and Annotated By Edward Snow and Michael Winkler
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