Rainer Maria Rilke

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.

Books by Rainer Maria Rilke

  1. Book CoverDiaries of a Young Poet

    "In the diaries [Rilke] kept from 1898 to 1900, now translated for the first time . . . the overall impression is that of a genius just coming into his own powers."—Boston PhoenixMore

  2. Book CoverDuino Elegies

    A Bilingual Edition

    One of the literary masterpieces of the century, this translation is now presented with facing-page German.More

  3. Book CoverThe Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet Christopher Rilke

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  4. Book CoverLetters of Rainer Maria Rilke, 1892-1910

    This representative selection from Rilke's large and extraordinary correspondence provides a kind of spiritual autobiography of the poet.


  5. Book CoverLetters of Rainer Maria Rilke, 1910-1926

    This volume of Rilke's letters covers the years from the completion of The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge to Rilke's death in December 1926, nearly five years after he had written the Duino Elegies and the Sonnets to Orpheus, his last major works.More

  6. Book CoverLetters to a Young Poet

    Rilke's timeless letters about poetry, sensitive observation, and the complicated workings of the human heart.More

  7. Book CoverThe Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge

    Malte Laurids Brigge is a young Danish nobleman and poet living in Paris. Obsessed with death and the reality that lurks behind appearances, Brigge muses on his family's history and on the teeming alien life of the city. First published in 1910, Rilke's masterpiece has proven to be one of the most influential and enduring works of fiction of our century.More

  8. Book CoverRainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Correspondence

    The complete extant correspondence between a key fin-de-siècle intellectual and one of the most revered poets of the twentieth century.More

  9. Book CoverRilke and Andreas-Salomé: A Love Story in Letters

    "Immensely readable...a significant piece of scholarship."—Fred Volkmer, New York SunMore

  10. Book CoverRilke on Love and Other Difficulties: Translations and Considerations

    An anthology of Rilke's strongest poetry and prose for both aficionados and new readers.More

  11. Book CoverSonnets to Orpheus

    One of the literary masterpieces of the century, this translation is now presented with facing-page German.More

  12. Book CoverStories of God

    Rilke's haunting images focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety.More

  13. Book CoverTranslations from the Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

    Born in 1875, the German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems in 1898 and went on to become renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart.More

  14. Book CoverWartime Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

    The letters Rilke wrote during the war and postwar years are of particular interest not only for whatever they may contain of the wisdom of the poet, the artist, and the humanitarian, but for their analysis of the intellectual and spiritual currents of the time.More