Letters to a Young Poet, Paperback


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Diaries, letters & journals
  • ISBN: 9780141192321



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