The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, by Rainer Maria Rilke, Printed at the Stamperia Valdonega for the Limited Editions Club (1987)

The Bohemian-Austrian writer Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) remains one of the more popular and influential writers of the twentieth century. Rilke used impressionistic and expressionistic techniques, both of which influenced his writing towards a modernistic style that was to be imitated and expanded upon by a subsequent generation of writers. Greek mythological figures often exist is his work, but classical themes are typically replaced with those that began permeating the arts in the early … Continue reading The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, by Rainer Maria Rilke, Printed at the Stamperia Valdonega for the Limited Editions Club (1987)

‘The Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke’ by Rainer Maria Rilke, Arion Press, 1983

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) is one of the twentieth century’s greatest poets, and probably the greatest German poet since Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Rilke bridged the gap between traditional and modernist periods, with his move towards, and focus on, difficulty of belief, anxiety about the condition of man, and the inevitable solitude of life. Figures from Greek Mythology are often represented in his works (see his Sonnets to … Continue reading ‘The Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke’ by Rainer Maria Rilke, Arion Press, 1983

The Sonnets to Orpheus, by Rainer Maria Rilke, Limited Editions Club

Among what I consider the three most stunning books from my recent visit to Jeanne Shiff of the Limited Editions Club (LEC) is their 1997 edition of The Sonnets to Orpheus, by Rainer Maria Rilke.  Like the recently reviewed Sight and Touch, this LEC is simply at the pinnacle when it comes to the design and crafting of fine press books. Everything from the look and feel … Continue reading The Sonnets to Orpheus, by Rainer Maria Rilke, Limited Editions Club