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Photo of Rilke by Shaw – Letters to Balthus, Lou A. Salome

“For a time, Rilke and Cocteau had apartments in the same Paris building—evidently without ever becoming acquainted.”

“Rilke was eternally someone’s houseguest. Once he had fifty different addresses in four years.”

“The greatest lesbian poet since Sappho, Auden called Rilke.”’

“Joyce, Hesse, Mann, and Rilke all died in Switzerland.”

“John Berryman: Rilke was a jerk.”

David Markson on Rilke

The Poet
Rainer Maria Rilke, 1906 /George Bernard Shaw /sc London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) photographic legacy of George Bernard Shaw

ON April 19, 1906 – Rilke wrote to TO S. Fischer. (page 205 Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke)

. A few days ago Rodin began the portrait of one of your most remarkable authors, which promimses to become something quite extraordinary.

This personality of Shaw’s and his whole manner makes desirous of reading a few more of his books, of which I think I know only the Man of Destiny.

Madame Shaw who brought about the making of this portrait over her husband’s head in the most charming way, is a solicitous, quietly attentive woman, full of zeal and enthusiams for beautiful things, hovering about her husband with all this as the spring wind plays about a billy goat.

Pascal Blanchard

“Rilke was the lover of Baladine Klossowski, the mother of the painter Balthus and the writer and draftsman Pierre Klossowski… Baladine Klossowska was the last lover of Rilke..

  • Letter from Rilke to Balthus

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  • Rilke worked very hard for Rodin’s book.. he also toured and gave lectures but was dismissed by Rodin after 4 years. according to William Gass. (Rilke meets Rodin – William Gass)

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  • Photo of Rilke and Lou Andreas Salome among friends (via)

    Here is Rilke’s poem to Lou Andreas Salome.. (Read here)

    Longing leads out too often
    into vagueness. Why should I cast myself, when,
    for all I know, your influence falls on me,
    gently, like moonlight on a window seat.

    Lou & F loufr Lou Andreas Salome and Freud (scroll down)

    Rilke and Lou Andreas Salome visited Russia to see the great man Tolstoy.. Tolstoy ignored Rilke.

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