Life of a Poet

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1543-9
Publication Date
May 1998
Page Count
640 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Life of a Poet

Rainer Maria Rilke
Ralph Freedman

In this highly praised and extraordinary biography, Ralph Freedman traces Rilke's luminous career by weaving together detailed accounts of pivotal and formative episodes from the poet's restless life with a close, intimate reading of the verse and prose that refract them. This lively and engrossing biography offers much of interest to Rilke's growing body of followers.
About the Author

Ralph Freedman, professor emeritus of comparative literature at Princeton University is also the author of Hermann Hesse: Pilgrim of Crisis.

"Lively and detailed." —Michael Hofmann, New York Times Book Review

"What Freedman's book does, and more thoroughly than any of the other biographies, is to retell Rilke's story meticulously and with a welcome attention to the circumambient social and political circumstances." —New Republic

"An extraordinary accomplishment—a scrupulous, attentive, and beautifully written account of the life and work of one of this century's greatest, yet most elusive poets." —Mark Strand