Rilke and Andreas-Salomé: A Love Story in Letters
Rainer Maria Rilke
"Immensely readable...a major piece of scholarship."―Fred Volkmer, New York Sun
He may turn into some of the most vital poets of the 20th century; she a muse of Europe's fin-de-siecle thinkers and artists. during this choice of letters, a finalist for the PEN united states translation award, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salomé, a author and highbrow fourteen years his senior, pen a courting that spans thirty years and moving limitations: as fanatics, as mentor and protégé, and as deep own and literary allies.
in the beginning, i assumed it'd be the Michelangelos, yet after all that was once to not be, and that i shall quickly locate the hot Werfels to be simply as ideal as doubtless they're; how admirable it's so that you can relish them with out that lately suffered sadness interfering; I’ll have the capacity to deal with it now basically progressively. have you learnt that once a examining one night in Berlin, while Scheler heard Werfel’s poems, he was once thoroughly spellbound? And this either by means of the poems and via him in my view; he informed.
Black pain-foliage, and that the magnifying moonlight now not displayed fate’s ruins for you so supremely that between them you felt like a bygone race? Smiles may additionally exist not, the eating smiles of these you misplaced to the opposite side—, with how little strength, as they have been wafting prior you, did they merely input your grief. (Almost just like the woman who has simply stated convinced to the suitor who for weeks has been urging her, and she or he brings him, startled, to the backyard gate, and the man,.
Didn’t move immediately via to my center back, even if her emotions have been so powerful and unequivocal, so childishly breathless and while a piece older and extra understanding than ahead of. expensive Lou, so write me! How is it in Göttingen? How is your husband getting alongside, and Baba, does she be mindful me a bit? have you ever been away in any respect? a number of instances I requested Rosa for those who had no longer introduced your arrival at Ainmiller-Strasse; the condo has been vacated back, aside from Rosa. —Did you learn my.
That works with psychoanalysis, however it proved a wretched sadness. i'm hoping it isn’t like this all over. Then i used to be ravaged by way of a excessive fever (so completely that later on, very quickly in any respect, my hair fell out, in order that ever due to the fact that I’ve been going approximately in little bonnets!). while I got here domestic I observed Baba with 3 little black monsters placing at her teats and sucking noisily: she seemed proud and shamefaced even as. My husband, who felt himself the accountable social gathering during this, had already.
Her lifestyles, or even even though she had came upon, within the Viennese neurologist Dr. Friedrich Pineles, a faithful lover and a significant other with whom she took common and sometimes prolonged journeys. however the nation of her overall healthiness remained worrisome. by way of early 1905 she used to be clinically determined as being affected by a middle situation that might proceed to afflict her. The drawback that brought on Rilke to put in writing Lou with renewed urgency was once caused by the poet’s acute disorientation after the of entirety in 1910 of his novel The Notebooks.