1937 Rare French First Edition - Lettres à un Jeune Poète (Letters to a Young Poet) by Rainer Maria Rilke.
Author: Rainer-Maria Rilke.
Title: LETTRES À UN JEUNE POÈTE.
Language: Text in French.
Publisher: Paris, Bernard Grasset, 1937. First French Edition limited to 2552 copies. Here is #452/500 printed on Alpha-Navarre paper for the Press Service.
Size: 7 "X 4.5 ".
Pages: 149 pages.
Binding: Very good original softcover binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown) under a removable protective mylar cover. A rare find in this nice condition!
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, rare light foxing or staining - as shown).
The book: Very nice First French edition of Letters to a Young Poet (original title, in German: Briefe an einen jungen Dichter) -- 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.
The author: René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926), better known as Rainer Maria Rilke, was an Austrian poet and novelist. He is "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets". He wrote both verse and highly lyrical prose. Several critics have described Rilke's work as "mystical". His writings include one novel, several collections of poetry and several volumes of correspondence in which he invokes images that focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude and anxiety. These themes position him as a transitional figure between traditional and modernist writers.
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