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Rilke Where Silence Reigns: Selected Prose.

Rainer Maria Rilke.

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ISBN 10: 081120703X / ISBN 13: 9780811207034
Published by New Directions Publishing, New York, NY, 1978
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Near Fine in Very Good DJ: The Book shows only minute indications of use: there is a tiny black dot near the outside edge of the front free endpaper;p the binding shows slight lean, while remaining perfectly secure; the text is clean. The DJ shows just a hint of wear to the extremities, except at the head of the backstrip, which shows two tiny tears and some wrinkling; the white background field of the backstrip is heavily toned (the titles thereon remain bold and clearly legible) and there is some toning around the outside edges of both panels; mild rubbing; the price is unclipped. No longer 'As New', but remains close to it. A handsome copy in a lightly used DJ with some minor flaws. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. iii, 154 pages. Translated by G. Craig Houston. Foreward by Denise Levertov. Mustard-toned cloth over boards with black titles at the backstrip. First Edition [1978], unstated. A second edition appears to have been published in 1982. Hardback with DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 45595

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Title: Rilke Where Silence Reigns: Selected Prose.

Publisher: New Directions Publishing, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition [1978], unstated..

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In this collection of excerpts from his essays, notebooks, and letters, pre-eminent modern poet Rainer Maria Rilke meditates on subjects as varied as a dolls, walking among trees, and the great sculptor Rodin. 

Where Silence Reigns, a sampling from his essays, notebooks, and letters, shows Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), the pre-eminent modern poet of solitude and inwardness, seeking to reconcile his personal conflict between the claims of "life" and the claims of art. His subjects are commonplace, seemingly innocuous at times: the encounter between a man and a dog, a collection of dolls, a walk among trees. But always the deceptively simple external phenomenon is seen as the symbol, the catalyst of an intensely felt inner experience. As he confided to his friend Frau Wunderly-Volkart: "Oh, how often one longs to speak a few degrees more deeply! My prose... lies deeper... but one gets only a minimal layer further down; one’s left with a mere intimation of the kind of speech that may be possible THERE where silence reigns." In addition to occasional pieces and notebook entries, this volume contains selections from the strange and haunting "Dream-Book," the lyrical "Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke," and the entire "Rodin-Book"––Rilke’s appreciation of the great sculptor whom he had served as secretary.

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RAINER MARIA RILKE (1875–1926) is one of the greatest poets who ever wrote in the German language. His most famous works are Sonnets to Orpheus, The Duino Elegies, Letters to a Young Poet, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, and The Book of Hours.

G. Craig Houston is the translator of several important works by Rilke.

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