Life of a Poet by Ralph Freedman
Rainer Maria Rilke

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Tracing the career of Rainer Maria Rilke, a definitive biography combines detailed interpretations of his life with an intimate reading of his verse and prose and shows how he grew from an ambitious versifier into a great poet.

About Ralph Freedman

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Freedman, professor emeritus of comparative literature at Princeton University.
Published February 1, 1996 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T). 639 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Instead, he soberly pursues his larger aim, which is to illuminate Rilke's ``long struggle for the style that would ultimately define him.'' Freedman quotes generously (though exclusively in translation) from Rilke's poetry to reveal not only its relationship to the poet's personal experience but...

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Clara survived Rilke by almost thirty years, Freedman tells us, and ‘Ruth, often neglected and sometimes unloved, dedicated her life to his memory ...

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