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You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin

Rachel Corbett



Biography: arts & entertainment;
Biography: literary


320 pages

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In Paris in 1902, Auguste Rodin had just completed his sculpture The Thinker.

Visiting from Prague was Rainer Maria Rilke, broke and with writer’s block.

When Rilke is commissioned to write a book about Rodin, everything changes.

You Must Change Your Life tells one of the great stories of modern art and literature: Rodin and Rilke’s years together as master and disciple, their heartbreaking rift, and finally their moving reconciliation.

Rachel Corbett reveals how Rodin’s friendship led Rilke to write his most celebrated poems and inspired his Letters to a Young Poet.

She captures the dawn of Modernism amid the characters that made up their circle, including Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Lou Andreas-Salome, George Bernard Shaw and Jean Cocteau. And she recounts the friendship of two artists whose work reverberates a century later.


 "Corbett’s writing demonstrates a genuine enthusiasm for her subjects and an intimate understanding of the art world. A wonderful addition to the library of any art lover!" - Sian McNabney, Abbey's bookseller

By:   Rachel Corbett
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 168mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   510g
ISBN:   9780393245059
ISBN 10:   0393245055
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   September 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rachel Corbett is the executive editor of Modern Painters. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, The Art Newspaper, New York magazine, and others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Corbett's narrative is pacy and vivid... -- Financial Times ...splendid new book...Corbett looks into life as deeply as is possible for answers, but she knows when to stop. This is the hallmark of her moral intelligence. -- The Art Newspaper ... the moving story of Rilke and Rodin is worth as much as the best self-help books and manuals, and one could definitely learn a lot from their relationship... Corbett's original book stands as an urgent invitation to revisit both Rilke's poems and Rodin's sculptures. -- World Literature Today

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