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Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke was born in Prague in 1875 and traveled throughout Europe for much of his adult life, returning frequently to Paris. There he came under the influence of the sculptor Auguste Rodin and produced much of his finest verse, most notably the two volumes of New Poems as well as the great modernist novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. Among his other books of poems are The Book of Images and The Book of Hours. He lived the last years of his life in Switzerland, where he completed his two poetic masterworks, the Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus. He died of leukemia in December 1926.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

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New Poems, 1908
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New Poems, 1908

Rainer Maria Rilke
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press

In 1984 Edward Snow won the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award of the Academy of American Poets for the first volume of these translations of Rainer Maria Rilke's watershed work, NEW POEMS, 1907....

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New Poems, 1907
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New Poems, 1907

Rainer Maria Rilke; Translated by Edward Snow
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Rainer Maria Rilke's move to Paris in 1902 and his close association with Rodin led him to take a new direction in his poetry. Between 1906 and 1908 he produced a torrent of brilliant work that was...

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The Poetry of Rilke
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The Poetry of Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke; Translated and Edited by Edward Snow; Introduction by Adam Zagajewski
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press

For the past twenty-five years, North Point Press has been working with Edward Snow, "Rilke's best contemporary translator" (Brian Phillips, The New Republic), to bring into English Rilke's...

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Sonnets to Orpheus
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Sonnets to Orpheus

Rainer Maria Rilke; Translated from the German by Edward Snow
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press

Breathing, you invisible poem!World-space in pure continuous interchangewith my own being. Equiposein which I rhythmically transpire.Written only four years before Rilke's...

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Letters on Cézanne
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Letters on Cézanne

Rainer Maria Rilke; Edited by Clara Rilke; Translated by Joel Agee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press

Rilke's prayerful responses to the french master's beseeching art

For a long time nothing, and then suddenly one has the right eyes.

Virtually every day in the fall of 1907,...

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New Poems
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New Poems

Rainer Maria Rilke; Selected and Translated by Edward Snow
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press

The formative work of the legendary poet who sought to write "not feelings but things I had felt"

When Rainer Maria Rilke arrived in Paris for the first time in September 1902, commissioned...

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Duino Elegies
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Duino Elegies

Rainer Maria Rilke; Translated from the German by Edward Snow
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press

Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angelic
orders? and even if one of them pressed me
suddenly to his heart: I'd be consumed
in that overwhelming...

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Uncollected Poems
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Uncollected Poems

Rainer Maria Rilke; Translated by Edward Snow
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press

Edward Snow's selection of more than one hundred of Rilke's little-known and neglected poems offers the reader a glimpse into one of the most powerful and underrated accomplishments in all of modern poetry. These poems reveal a freer, more dangerous, less self-fashioning Rilke than the poet of the Elegies and the Sonnets; and Snow's translations of them, while always scrupulously faithful to the German, bring Rilke's power and music into English with unmatched grace and intelligence.

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The Book of Images
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The Book of Images

Rainer Maria Rilke; Translated by Edward Snow
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press

Now substantially revised by Edward Snow, whom Denise Levertov once called "far and away Rilke's best translator," this bilingual edition of The Book of Images contains a number of the great...

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