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Rainer Maria Rilke
Rainer Maria Rilke

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Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926) is one of the greatest lyric German poets. Born in Prague, he published his first book of poems, Leben und Lieber, at age nineteen. He met Lou Salomé, the talented and spirited daughter of a Russian army officer, who influenced him deeply. In 1902 he became a friend, and for a time the secretary, of Rodin, and it was during his twelve-year Paris residence that Rilke enjoyed his greatest poetic activity. In 1919 he went to Switzerland where he spent the last years of his life. It was there that he wrote his last two works, Duino... Read More

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Ahead of All Parting
The Selected Poetry and Prose of Rainer Maria Rilke
Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Stephen Mitchell


Format: Hardcover, 640 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $24.95

The reputation of Rainer Maria Rilke has grown steadily since his death in 1926; today he is widely considered to be the greatest poet of the twentieth century. This Modern Library edition presents Stephen Mitchell's acclaimed translations of Rilke, which have won praise for their recreation of the poet's rich formal... Read more >
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Ahead of All Parting
The Selected Poetry and Prose of Rainer Maria Rilke
Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Stephen Mitchell


Format: eBook, 640 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 21, 2015
Price: $12.99

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The Duino Elegies & The Sonnets to Orpheus
A Dual Language Edition
Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Stephen Mitchell


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 26, 2014
Price: $11.99

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Duino Elegies & The Sonnets to Orpheus

Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Stephen Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $15.00

Available for the first time in a single volume, Ranier Maria Rilke’s two most beloved sequences of poems rendered by his most faithful translator. Rilke is unquestionably the twentieth century’s most significant and compelling poet of romantic transformation and spiritual quest. His poems of ecstatic identification with the world exert perennial... Read more >

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Letters on Life
New Prose Translations
Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Ulrich Baer


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $13.95

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Letters on Life
New Prose Translations
Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Ulrich Baer


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $2.99

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Letters to a Young Poet

Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Stephen Mitchell


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $16.00

Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet are arguably the most famous and beloved letters of the twentieth century. Written when the poet was himself still a young man, with most of his greatest work before him, they were addressed to a student who had sent Rilke some of his own writing... Read more >
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Letters to a Young Poet

Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Stephen Mitchell
Foreword by Stephen Mitchell


Format: Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1986
Price: $11.00

Written when the poet was himself still a young man with most of his greatest work before him, they were addressed to a student who had sent Rilke some of his work, asking for advice about becoming a writer. The two never met, but over a period of several years Rilke... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

Letters to a Young Poet

Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Stephen Mitchell
Foreword by Stephen Mitchell


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 16, 2011
Price: $9.99

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Also available as a hardcover and a paperback.

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The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
A Novel
Written by Rainer Maria Rilke


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 27, 1990
Price: $16.00

This is the definitive, widely acclaimed translation of the major prose work of one of our century's greatest poets--Rilke's only novel, extraordinary for its structural uniqueness and purity of language. Malte Laurids Brigge is a young Danish nobleman and poet living in Paris. Obsessed with death and the reality that lurks... Read more >
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The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
A Novel
Written by Rainer Maria Rilke


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Rilke: Poems

Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by J.B. Leishman


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 22, 1996
Price: $13.50

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover edition contains poems from The Book of Images; New Poems; Requiem for a Friend; Poems, 1906-1926; French Poems; The Life of Mary; Sonnets to Orpheus; The Duino Elegies; Letters to a Young Poet; and an index of first lines. Read more >

The Poet's Guide to Life
The Wisdom of Rilke
Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Ulrich Baer


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $2.99

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The Poet's Guide to Life
The Wisdom of Rilke
Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Ulrich Baer


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 22, 2005
Price: $19.95

“You have to live life to the limit, not according to each day but by plumbing its depth.”
–RAINER MARIA RILKE

In this treasury of uncommon wisdom and spiritual insight, the best writings and personal philosophies of one of the twentieth century’s greatest poets, Rainer Maria Rilke, are gleaned by Ulrich Baer from... Read more >
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The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Edited by Stephen Mitchell
Translated by Stephen Mitchell
Introduction by Robert Hass


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 1989
Price: $15.95

"Perhaps the most beautiful group of poetic translations this century has produced."--Chicago Tribune

"The best single volume edition of Rilke available in English."--Boston Review

"Excellent...it is easy to feel that if Rilke had written in English, he would have written in this English."--The New York Times Book Review Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Edited by Stephen Mitchell
Translated by Stephen Mitchell
Introduction by Robert Hass


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 2013
Price: $11.99

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