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Book Review: In the Company of Rilke by Stephanie Dowrick - Reviewed by Boomert (10 Dec 2009)
Stephanie Dowrick’s bestselling books have been sophisticated examples of the self-help genre, with the specific topics being clear from titles such as Intimacy and Solitude and Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love. The title of her next release is a departure, warranting the rather verbose subtitle ‘Why a 20th-century poet speaks so eloquently to 21st-century readers yearning for inwardness, beauty and spiritual power’. Dowrick has immersed herself in the poetry and life of the renowned writer Rainer Maria Rilke (1875- 1926), and her book extols his relevance to today’s readers yearning for spirituality but uninterested in institutional religion. The book quotes extensively from Rilke’s writing. While this book has less obvious appeal for the general reader than Dowrick’s previous works, her regular readers will nonetheless seek out In the Company of Rilke and appreciate it. It’s also likely to be recognised as a significant addition to writing about Rilke and, given the clear celebration of the importance of poetry at the heart of the book, it will appeal to lovers of verse. Further, while all Dowrick’s writing has significant grounding in spirituality, this is Rilke’s fundamental theme, so this book might act to open up a new readership among spiritual seekers.
Stephanie Dowrick, PhD, has the rare distinction of writing critically acclaimed fiction and non-fiction that have also been best sellers. Her books include Intimacy and Solitude, Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love and Choosing Happiness. Formerly a publisher and founder of The Women's Press, London, she writes and teaches on a variety of spiritual, psychological and ethical issues, is an ordained Interfaith Minister and an Adjunct Fellow with the Writing and Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney.
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