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A Ringing Glass By Donald A. Prater

A Ringing Glass
by Donald A. Prater

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This is a biography of Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), the 20th-century lyric poet, whose works - "the New Poems", the "Duino Elegies", "the Sonnets to Orpheus", and in prose the "Cornet" and the "Malte Laurids Brigge", are of lasting importance to European literature.
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A Ringing Glass: The Life of Rainer Maria Rilke by Donald A. Prater

This is a celebrated biography of Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), prehaps the greatest lyric poet of this century. Rilke was born in Prague, but his nomadic existence led him through Germany, Russia, Spain, Italy, and France, until his death in Switzerland from leukaemia. Uniquely, he dedicated himself exclusively to his art while remaining receptive to the most varied influences of European culture. He visited Tolstoy at Yasnaya Polyana, acted for a time as secretary to Rodin, and was a friend o Romain Rolland, Leonid Pasternak, and Walter Rathenau. He was the protege of Princess Marie van Thurn und Taxis, and the lover of Lou Andreas-Salome and Baladine Klossowska. Yet he was single-minded in his search for the solitude he needed for his work, so much so that he seemed to many of his contemporaries to be a poet remote from the world. His poetic achievement - the New Poems, the Duino Elegies the Sonnets to Orpheus - and in prose the Cornet and the astonishing Malte Laurids Brigge, were works that made a lasting mark on European literature. Drawing on recent documentary evidence, A Ringing Glass is a compelling account of this most complex of lives, showing what manner of man lay behind the achievement of the work, and the part that work in turn played in Rilke's life.

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A Ringing Glass Reviews

`it is splendid and not a moment too soon to have a readable, civilized biography in English' Financial Times
`the most detailed, most fully documented and indeed the best biography we have (of Rilke)... in any language.' Observer
`a fine, dignified, and scholarly book ... a rarely balanced and substantial account.' Guardian

About Donald A. Prater

Dr Prater was Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Kent (1970-3) and then became a translator and minute-writer at CERN in Geneva, where he still lives

Table of Contents

List of Plates ; 1. A Boyhood in Bohemia 1875-1896 ; 2. Munich, Russia, and Worpswede 1896-1905 ; 3. Paris, Rome, and Sweden 1902-1905 ; 4. France, Italy, and North Africa 1905-1911 ; 5. Duino and Spain 1911-1921 ; 6. A World at War 1913-1919 ; 7. Prelude in Switzerland 1919-1921 ; 8. Muzot and Valmont 1921-1926 ; Epilogue ; Abbreviations ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index of Rilke's Works ; General Index

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A Ringing Glass: The Life of Rainer Maria Rilke by Donald A. Prater
Donald A. Prater
Clarendon Paperbacks
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