Spring 1948 • Vol. X No. 2 Book Reviews |

Letters for the Adept

Letters of Ranier Maria Rilke. Translated by Jane Bannard Greene and M. D. Herter Norton. Vol. I (1892-1910), 1945. Vol. II, (1910-1936), 1948. W. W. Norton. Vol. II, $5.00   The study of Rilke's letters, as we understand, has always caused scholarly confusion because the main corpus edited by Ruth Rilke, the daughter, and her husband Carl Sieber, has appeared in two different sets, not at all wholly coincident, so that both are needed, while much is double. You have even the case of the same letter in two different texts, the second more complete because the attitude towards censuring what Professor Bassermann refers to as alles allzu Persönliche seems to have been modified. In a certain type of reticence there is piety, but one suspects also a sort of pretentiousness. At any rate, the correspondence of this great poet presents other problems beside those of editorship; and now that the second volume of a good English selection has been published, the problems, also for th

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The Italian Vogue

By P. M. Pasinetti

Letters of Ranier Maria Rilke. Translated by Jane Bannard Greene and M. D. Herter Norton. Vol. I (1892-1910), 1945. Vol. II, (1910-1936), 1948. W. W. Norton. Vol. II, $5.00   […]

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