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A Ringing Glass: The Life of Rainer Maria Rilke

Donald Prater


This is a biography of Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926), perhaps 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 of Romain Rolland, Leonid Pasternak, and Walter Rathenau. He was the protégé of Princess Marie von Thurn und Ta ... More

Keywords: Rainer Maria Rilke, lyric poet, European culture, European literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198158912
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158912.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Prater, author