Letters on Cezanne.

Rilke, Rainer Maria.

Published by Fromm International Publishing Corporation, 1995
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A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright dust jacket. Rilke considered Cezanne and his paintings as his principal influence and in this selection of letters from Rilke to his wife the poet records his spontaneous response to an exhibition of Cezanne's paintings at the Salon d'Automne in Paris in 1907. Cezanne's paintings were a seminal influence on Rilke's poetry, and the painter's life was a powerful example for the poet of a man who turned his back on life and and endured isolation and obscurity which Rilke found comforting. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Rilke'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.

About the Author: 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 Dürenmatt, 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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Title: Letters on Cezanne.
Publisher: Fromm International Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: 1995
Edition: First Printing of the First Edition

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