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Rilke, Rainer Maria, Trans. By Stephen Garmey & Jay Wilson

ISBN 10: 0061360643 / ISBN 13: 9780061360640
Published by Harper & Row, New York, 1972
Condition: Near Very Good Hardcover
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111 pp. including bibliography, appendix, an introduction & commentary drawn from Rilke's letters, arranged and translated by Stephen Garmey. Ten 'Elegies' completed in 1922 after a tumultuous decade in Europe & in Rilke's life. First printing of this translation with only 9 digits ISBN. Slight edge wear, corner bumps & top edge dusting. in spine faded, edge chipped jacket with small tear front at heel of spine. Publisher's $6.00 price is in place. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 0005961

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Publisher: Harper & Row, New York

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Near Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good +

Edition: First Thus.

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We have a marvelous, almost legendary, image of the circumstances in which the composition of this great poem began. Rilke was staying at a castle (Duino) on the sea near Trieste. One morning he walked out on the battlements and climbed down to where the rocks dropped sharply to the sea. From out of the wind, which was blowing with great force, Rilke seemed to hear a voice: Wer, wenn ich schriee, horte mich denn aus der Engel Ordnungen? (If I cried out, who would hear me up there, among the angelic orders?). He wrote these words, the opening of the first Duino Elegy, in his notebook, then went inside to continue what was to be his major work and one of the literary masterpieces of the century.

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"[Gary Miranda's translation is] the nearest to a definitive Elegies we're apt ever to get in the English language." --John Mood, Author of Rilke on Love and Other Dificulties

"This is among the three most beautiful books I know. With every reading, the poems grow larger, magnificent. No other translation compares to this one. Gary Miranda's fusion of music and meaning transforms Rilke's Elegies into living beings in English." --Jan Freeman, author of Hyena and director of Paris Press

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