Reading Rilke

Reflections on the Problems of Translation
William H. Gass

“A fitting tribute to one of the 20th century’s greatest poets and everything literary criticism should be.” —Library Journal

After nearly a lifetime of reading Rilke in English translation, William H. Gass undertook the task of translating Rilke’s writing himself, in order to see if he could, in that way, get closer to the work he so deeply admired. Gass examines the genesis of the ideas that inform the Elegies and discusses previous translations, while writing, in his inimitable style, about Rilke the man: his character, his relationships, his life. Finally, Gass’s own extraordinary translation of the Duino Elegies offers us the experience of reading Rilke with a new and fuller understanding.

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Format: pb
Number of pages: 272
ISBN-13: 978-1-56478-912-9
Publication date: Spring 2015
Language: eng
List price: $15.95