LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET: Rilke, Rainer Maria


Rilke, Rainer Maria

Published by W.W. Norton & Co., Inc, NEW YORK, 1934
Condition: Very Good Minus Hardcover

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UNDERLINING. First U.S. Edition. Translation of (Briefe an einen jungen Dichter) by M.D. Herter Norton. 128 pp. Letters written to F.X. Kappus between the years 1903-1908. Lacks dustjacket. Moderate shelf/edgewear to brick-colored cloth-over boards.Gilt lettering to front, and to spine, but upon a black field. NOTE: Underlining in Ink to approximately six (non-sequential) pages, some edge-browning, and a closed tear to one of the pages. Pencil underlining to latter pages has largely been erased. The previous owner, clearly, read with a pencil, and, in places, alas, a pen in his/her hand. This volume contains the series of letters to a young poet, Kappus, wherein Rilke advises and meditates upon relationships, sex, and marriage, and which contains this now-famous, oft-used-in-marriage-vows, quote: "The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.". Bookseller Inventory # 71999

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Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc, NEW YORK

Publication Date: 1934

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good Minus

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included


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