The Mantle released our latest volume of nonfiction, Auguste Rodin, by Rainer Maria Rilke. This edition is translated from the original German by Daniel Slager, with an introduction by William Gass.
Renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin was fortunate to have Rainer Maria Rilke, one of the most sensitive and talented poets of our time, as his secretary. The two pieces in Auguste Rodin discuss Rodin’s work and development as an artist, and are as revealing of Rilke as they are of his subject. Written in 1902 and 1907, they mark the poet's entry into the world of letters.
Rilke’s description of Rodin sheds light on the profound psychic connection between the two great artists, both masters of giving visible life to the invisible.
"Auguste Rodin offers a fresh look at an unlikely mentorship." — The New York Times Book Review