Originally published in English in 1951, this biography of one of Germany's foremost mystical poets dis-proves many of the
myths surrounding Rainer Maria Rilke and examines his life and work from social, historical and psychological perspectives,
while all the time referencing Rilke's works to his complex personality. The legacy of his work on younger generations is
also examined. All German prose quotations have been translated into English for this edition, existing translations used
for the German poetry.