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He financed his career as a poet by seducing a series of rich noblewomen who would support him while he wrote his books. One princess let him live for a while in her Castle Duino near Trieste, a medieval castle with fortified walls and an ancient square tower.
It was in that castle in the winter of 1912 that he heard angels talking to him and started The Duino Elegies.
To be fair, his last letter to the young poet was in 1908. You can imagine what he might’ve written had they kept up their correspondence:
My dear Mr. Kappus,
My advice: Find some rich broads to give you money.
Rainer Maria Rilke
I like how even someone of his caliber will make excuses:
I fudge a lot where I think, “OK, did you write anything, did you write a text? Did you write an email? Did you write just notes on a scrap of paper? Did you write something?” So that’s how I get around it sometimes, by stretching the definition.
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