At the start of the twentieth century, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote a series of letters to a young officer cadet, advising him on writing, love, sex, suffering and the nature of advice itself; these profound and lyrical letters have since become hugely influential for writers and artists of all kinds. This book also contains the "Letter from a Young ...
At the start of the twentieth century, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote a series of letters to a young officer cadet, advising him on writing, love, sex, suffering and the nature of advice itself; these profound and lyrical letters have since become hugely influential for writers and artists of all kinds. This book also contains the "Letter from a Young Worker", a striking polemic against Christianity written in letter-form, near the end of Rilke's life. In Lewis Hyde's introduction, he explores the context in which these letters were written and how the author embraced his isolation as a creative force. Charlie Louth's afterword discusses the similarities and contrasts of the two works, and Rilke's religious and sexual wordplay. This edition also contains a chronology, notes, and suggested further reading.
Random House, New York, NY, 1984. Fine-, Paperback, Size=5"x7.5", 109pgs. Tiny cover nick (less than 1/64") head of spine, o.w. clean, bright and tight. No ink names, tears, chips, foxing, etc. Translated and with a Foreord by Stephen Mitchell. ISBN 0394537629 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES ALL ARE WELL PACKED WITH CARE!
Very Good. 128 pages, 8vo. No DJ. Stated First Edition. Translated by M.D. Herter Norton. Light orange cloth boards with gilt lettering along spine and front cover, small black title box along spine. Shelfwear: scuffing along edges and cover boards, fading along cover edges and spine, gilt lettering along spine is very hard to read, moderate fraying along cover edges near spine, light tanning along page edges, previous owner's bookplate on front endpaper. Otherwise, volume is tightly bound, no marks. Volume is in Very Good-minus condition.
Good+ Good+ Dust Jacket. Size: Octavo; W.W. Norton, New York, 1934. Red cloth with gilt titles on front cover and gilt titles in black box on spine. Some spotting and tanning to enpapers. back cover has two spots where interior of back jacket stuck to binding but paper was removed from book cover. DJ is complete with soiling and some tearsand chips. $2.00 cover price intact on bottom corner of front flap. All other corners clipped. Not a true first edition but an earlier copy in what appears to be a very early DJ as all titles listed predate the 1934 date of this title. A nice early copy of this inspirational book. DJ protected in Mylar wraps. Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Fair. No Jacket. Book. Octavo. Sun bleached cover with a hairline crack on the inside of the back board; a faint reminder of a surface spill on the front cover and small white spots on upper back cover. Despite this the interior is sound and clean with the previous owner's proud signature and date in fountain pen on the first free end paper. Fast shipping with free delivery confirmation.
Very good in very good jacket. 8vo. 128 pp. Book is Very Good with a bit of wear to top of spine and a longish quotation from a Rilke letter written in pen by a prior owner on the back free end paper. Dust Jacket is Very Good, with some missing chips from the top around the spine, three small sections being gone. Some much less serious chipping to base of spine, as well. All four corners of jacket have been cut as though to price clipped. Letters to a Young Poet (original title, in German: Briefe an einen jungen Dichter) is a collection of ten letters written by Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) to Franz Xaver Kappus (1883-1966), a 19-year old officer cadet at the Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt. Rilke, the son of an Austrian army officer, had studied at the academy's lower school at Sankt Pölten in the 1890s. Kappus corresponded with the popular poet and author from 1902 to 1908 seeking his advice as to the quality of his poetry, and in deciding between a literary career or a career as an officer in the Austro-Hungarian Army. Kappus compiled and published the letters in 1929-three years after Rilke's death from leukemia.
Very good. 8vo, hardcover, orange-brown cloth-covered boards. Vg condition in vg dust jacket. Prev. owner's dated inscription on front endpaper. Single tiny spot of foxing to front paste-down, none to interior; Contents bright & clean, binding & hinges firm. Dust jacket in pale gray/off-white, with cover lettering in both red and black. Dj shows moderate browning, 1/4-inch tear at upper spine, front flap clipped at both upper & lower corners. Jacket now housed in protective mylar wrapper. 128 p. Translation of: Briefe an einen jungen Dichter. Letters written to F.X. Kappus during the years 1903-1908.
Collectible. NFINE/VG-. Blue cloth boards, bright gold titling on cover and spine. Firm binding. First year of prnting. Jacket with pricing intact $2.50. Protected in Brodart with some minor spotting. PO name neatly stamped on inside cover, unobtrusive under front jacket flap. also a small neat scripted name on ffep. Otherwise internally FINE, with no other written markings. As standard practice for the time, the rear inside endpaper has the pasted-in label of the original book store where this volume was purchased. The book and pages have sharp points. 1934 printing, no editions or printings cited. Rilke is the premiere WWI post-apocalypse philosopher. A very scarce strong condition copy of his writings-and an early English translation. RARE with JACKET. [B013]
This book is really inspirational! As an artist, it really helped me see things in myself I never knew were there, and to connect more with my subconcious. If you enjoy this book, also engage yourself in another quick, but wonderful read, "Letters to a Young Artist." It's more current, and set up in the same fashion, just speaks to a the visual crowd.
Aug 16, 2007
Robert Duncan Praised This Book
Robert Duncan, the San Francisco poet, praised Rilke to the skies in his graduate seminar Advanced Poetry workshop (English 204) at San Francisco State in the spring of 1965. Following Robert's lead, this book became my daily companion the entire spring. I was working in the UC Berkeley library and would sneak off into a cubicle in the stacks during breaks and lunch hours to devour Letters to a Young Poet. Highly recommended for young (and older!) writers.
Jul 26, 2007
Solace in solitude
This book pulled me through during my spells of depression. Rilke speaks with utmost warmth and sincerity that is so much akin to a friend. Here are some excerpts from the book.
"Things aren't so tangible and sayable as people would usually have us believe; most experiences are unsayable, they happen in a space that no word has ever entered"
"You are so young, so much before all beginning, and I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."
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