HomeGroupsTalkMoreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

You Must Change Your Life: The Story of…
Loading...

You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste… (edition 2017)

by Rachel Corbett (Author)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1053205,934 (3.95)3
"The extraordinary story of one of the most fruitful friendships in modern arts and letters. Paris, 1902: Renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin has just completed The Thinker. Rainer Maria Rilke is a delicate young visitor from Prague, broke and suffering from a case of writer's block. When Rilke is commissioned to write a book about Rodin, everything changes. . . . You Must Change Your Life reveals one of the great stories of modern art and literature: Rodin and Rilke's years together as master and disciple, their heartbreaking rift, and ultimately their moving reconciliation. In her vibrant debut, Rachel Corbett reveals how Rodin's influence led Rilke to write his most celebrated poems and inspired his beloved Letters to a Young Poet. She captures the dawn of modernism with appearances by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Lou Andreas-Salomé, George Bernard Shaw, and Jean Cocteau. And she recounts the remarkable friendship of two extraordinary artists whose work continues to reverberate a century later."--… (more)
Member:JpCohan
Title:You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin
Authors:Rachel Corbett (Author)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2017), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:
Tags:None

Work details

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

None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 3 mentions

Showing 3 of 3
I expected something different from this book, more of the intersections and philosophies and less straightforward biographies. There was much there to like (intersections with Tolstoy, Chekhov, Renoir, Matisse, Manet, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Sylvia Beach...) but they were incidental rather than insightful. ( )
  Katester123 | Sep 17, 2020 |
A fascinating, colorful read filled with details and descriptions of two geniuses, their closest friends and influences, and the milieu of a pivotal time in the development of modernism. This is a well-written, lyrical, and thoroughly researched book that brings the complex personalities and ideas of Rilke and Rodin to life. ( )
  aseikonia | Sep 1, 2019 |
You Must Change Your Life is a fascinating biography of a friendship beautifully written by Rachel Corbett. While we learn about the lives of Rilke and Rodin it is in the telling of the friendship where this book truly shines.

Corbett gives both biographies of the two men as well as an elaborate portrayal of the friendship and mentorship they established. These difficult men are presented in all of their grandeur as well as all of their pettiness, which serves to make them ever more human and real.

One aspect in which I was particularly impressed was Corbett's ability to explain the basics of aesthetics and art history without getting bogged down in terminology. For instance, her explanation of the intellectual atmosphere of the time, a section in chapter 2, is as clear and concise an explanation one will find on aesthetics and the development of the modern concept of empathy. This sets up the rationale for both artists' reception in their own time yet does not derail the flow of the biography.

Highly recommended for those interested in the arts in general and particularly where different forms meet. Also for those who enjoy interesting biographies of people we have all heard of yet may only know a small bit about.

Reviewed from a copy made available through Goodreads First Reads. ( )
  pomo58 | Aug 31, 2016 |
Showing 3 of 3
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

"The extraordinary story of one of the most fruitful friendships in modern arts and letters. Paris, 1902: Renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin has just completed The Thinker. Rainer Maria Rilke is a delicate young visitor from Prague, broke and suffering from a case of writer's block. When Rilke is commissioned to write a book about Rodin, everything changes. . . . You Must Change Your Life reveals one of the great stories of modern art and literature: Rodin and Rilke's years together as master and disciple, their heartbreaking rift, and ultimately their moving reconciliation. In her vibrant debut, Rachel Corbett reveals how Rodin's influence led Rilke to write his most celebrated poems and inspired his beloved Letters to a Young Poet. She captures the dawn of modernism with appearances by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Lou Andreas-Salomé, George Bernard Shaw, and Jean Cocteau. And she recounts the remarkable friendship of two extraordinary artists whose work continues to reverberate a century later."--

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Popular covers

Quick Links

Rating

Average: (3.95)
0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3 2
3.5 1
4 5
4.5 2
5 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 162,206,995 books! | Top bar: Always visible