Letters to a Young Poet

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Rainer Maria Rilke

Narrated By: Dan Stevens, Max Deacon

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: March 2014

Duration: 1 hours 51 minutes


Rilke's powerfully touching letters to an aspiring young poet, now available in a beautiful hardcover Penguin edition
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 generations of writers and artists of all kinds, including Lady Gaga and Patti Smith. With honesty, elegance, and a deep understanding of the loneliness that often comes with being an artist, Rilke's letters are an endless source of inspiration and comfort. Lewis Hyde's new introduction explores the context in which these letters were written and how the author embraced his isolation as a creative force.

This edition also includes Rilke's later work The Letter from the Young Worker.


Letters to a Young Poet

by Rainer Maria Rilke

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Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke