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Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) is widely regarded as the greatest lyric poet of this century. His major achievements--the New Poems, the Sonnets to Orpheus, and the incomparable Duino Elegies--had a powerful impact on European literature and have been the subject of intense scrutiny and increasing acclaim since the poet's death. Only in recent years, however, with the emerRainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) is widely regarded as the greatest lyric poet of this century. His major achievements--the New Poems, the Sonnets to Orpheus, and the incomparable Duino Elegies--had a powerful impact on European literature and have been the subject of intense scrutiny and increasing acclaim since the poet's death. Only in recent years, however, with the emergence of key documentary material, has it become possible to present the full story of Rilke's life. In A Ringing Glass, Donald Prater's aim is not to add to the preponderance of critical interpretations, but to provide a portrait of the man himself, and to show the background in which Rilke's extraordinary vision developed. And it is an extraordinary background. Rilke's nomadic existence led him from his birthplace in Prague through Germany, Russian, Spain, Italy, France, and finally Switzerland. He visited Tolstoy at Yasnaya Polyana, acted for a time as secretary to Rodin, and was a friend of Romain Rolland, Leonid Pasternak, and Walter Rathenau. He was the protege of Princess Marie von Thurn und Taxis and the lover of Lou Andreas-Salome and Baladine Klossawska. Financially and emotionally, Rilke needed these associations; yet he dedicated himself fully to his art and remained single-minded in his search for the solitude it required. In his correspondence, from which Prater draws extensively, Rilke reveals the tragic conflict between his needs as a man and his goals as a poet. With this comprehensive biography, readers can delve deeply into the life Rilke built, a life as courageous and rare as the poetry it left behind....

Title : A Ringing Glass: The Life of Rainer Maria Rilke
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ISBN : 9780198158912
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 506 Pages
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A Ringing Glass: The Life of Rainer Maria Rilke Reviews

  • Lauren Albert
    2019-02-23 11:04

    What I learned from this book is that one of the world's greatest poets was self-indulgent, self-centered and whiny. He was always asking for money so he could go to the place that was going to finally be THE place for him to write. Then, he'd get there, and it would usually not be THE place after all. He left his wife and daughter since they both needed to be alone for their art(as he said). He was constantly taking up with some woman who he thought might abandon everything but him but also not bother him when he wanted to be alone. His sense of entitlement was enormous. He was profligate with money believing that there would always be someone to bail him out (there was). His hypochondria was such that when he finally got the illness that would kill him, I don't think anyone took it seriously until he was diagnosed. The question is--does the work of genius justify this behavior? His friends certainly thought so since they always bailed him out and lavished money on him. What do you think?