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Letters on Cezanne by Rainer Rilke
Book DescriptionRilke's prayerful responses to the french master's beseeching art"For a long time nothing, and then suddenly one has the right eyes."Virtually every day in the fall of 1907, Rainer Maria Rilke returned to a Paris gallery to view a Cezanne exhibition. Nearly as frequently, he wrote dense and joyful letters to his wife, Clara Westhoff, expressing his dismay before the paintings and his ensuing revelations about art and life.Rilke was knowledgeable about art and had even published monographs, including a famous study of Rodin that inspired his "New Poems." But Cezanne's impact on him could not be conveyed in a traditional essay. Rilke's sense of kinship with Cezanne provides a powerful and prescient undercurrent in these letters -- passages from them appear verbatim in Rilke's great modernist novel, "The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge." "Letters on Cezanne" is a collection of meaningfully private responses to a radically new art.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780865476394
(203mm x 137mm x 10mm)
Imprint: North Point Press
Publisher: North Point Press
Publish Date: 19-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Rainer Rilke
Rainer Maria Rilke was born in Prague in 1875 and traveled throughout Europe for much of his adult life, returning frequently to Paris. There he came under the influence of the sculptor Auguste Rodin and produced much of his finest verse, most notably the two volumes of "New Poems "as well as the great modernist novel "The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge." Among his other books of poems are "The Book of Images" and "The Book of Hours. "He lived the last years of his life in Switzerland, where he completed his two poetic masterworks, the "Duino Elegies" and "Sonnets to Orpheus." He died of leukemia in December 1926. Joel Agee has also translated Elias Canetti, Friedrich Durenmatt, Gottfried Benn, and another collection of Rilke's letters, "Rilke and Benvenuta: An Intimate Correspondence." He won the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for his translation of Heinrich von Kleist's "Penthesilea, " a verse play. He is the author of "Twelve Years: An American Boyhood in East Germany" and lives in Brooklyn."
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