Lot 661: Scarce ALS in German, both sides of a 5.25 x 3.5 card, June 12, 1912. Letter to a gentleman. In part (translated): "There exists a translation of the 'Sonnets' of Elizabeth Barrett Browning done by me; I neither translated nor published her correspondence; perhaps what is meant is Ellen Key's essay on Mrs. Browning, which discusses these letters. So far as I remember, it is to be found in one of the volumes of Ellen Key's essays." In fine condition. Ellen Key was a prominent Swedish feminist writer who encouraged the young Rilke, who was likely drawn to Browning's poetry by the concepts of love it projects. Rilke published Browning's 'Sonnets from the Portuguese' in translation in 1908. A beautifully penned letter with fantastic literary associations.
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Sunday, 17th May 2015
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