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In April 1898 Rainer Maria Rilke, not yet twenty-three, began a diary of his Florence visit. It was to record, in the form of an imaginary dialogue with his mentor and then-lover, Lou Andreas-Salome, his firsthand experiences of early Renaissance art. The project quickly expanded to include not only thoughts on life, history, and artistic genius, but also unguarded moments ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 17th 1998 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1997)
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Roger Mohr
Remarkably lucid writing for a twenty something, but then we are talking about one of the truly great poets. Much here about the importance of solitude and the very individual nature of artistic creation and achievement - Rilke is no fan of the masses. Perhaps the most interesting indirect piece is the patterns of relationships and daily life for Rilke and his friends. I opened this mostly as a writer interested in the working patterns of other writers, an issue I am struggling with at the momen ...more
Ann M
"Imagine: when instead of peoples, nations, families and societies, we shall some day have human beings, when one can no longer combine even three under a single name! Will not the world then have to grow larger?"

Occasional visionary mindblowing stuff.
Mary Louise
Gorgeous prose and poetry. One of my all time favorite books.
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Rainer Maria Rilke is considered one of the German language's greatest 20th century poets.

His haunting images tend to focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety — themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets.

He wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose. His two mos
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