You Must Change Your Life by Rachel Corbett
The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin

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Corbett’s narrative is pacy and vivid, though her breathy writing (“if Rodin was a mountain, Rilke was the mist encircling it”) can occasionally grate.
-Financial Times

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Winner of the 2016 Marfield Prize


In 1902, Rainer Maria Rilke—then a struggling poet in Germany—went to Paris to research and write a short book about the sculptor Auguste Rodin. The two were almost polar opposites: Rilke in his twenties, delicate and unknown; Rodin in his sixties, carnal and revered. Yet they fell into an instantaneous friendship. Transporting readers to early twentieth-century Paris, Rachel Corbett’s You Must Change Your Life is a vibrant portrait of Rilke and Rodin and their circle, revealing how deeply Rodin’s ideas about art and creativity influenced Rilke’s classic Letters to a Young Poet.
 

About Rachel Corbett

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Rachel Corbett is an arts writer in New York. She is news editor at "Artnet Magazine" and has written for the "New York Times," "The Nation," and the "New York Observer."
 
Published September 6, 2016 by W. W. Norton & Company. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Jun 22 2016

An exploration of “two artists fumbling through the desultory streets of Paris, finding their paths to mastery.”...For lovers of poetry and art, an excellent look at two men of incredible talent—and how they handled it.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 24 2017

Rilke and Rodin, both intriguing figures in their own right, are only the more fascinating when treated together as fellow artists and close friends.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Lew Whittington on Sep 05 2016

All of their careers are set against the backdrop of the art and literary worlds of Europe at the turn of the 20th century and the years leading up to WWI. Corbett’s eloquence and dramatic lens is fully focused throughout.

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Financial Times

Above average
Reviewed by Francesca Wade on Oct 14 2016

Corbett’s narrative is pacy and vivid, though her breathy writing (“if Rodin was a mountain, Rilke was the mist encircling it”) can occasionally grate.

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