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Rainer Maria Rilke
Rilke in 1900, aged 24
Rilke in 1900, aged 24
Born René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke
(1875-12-04)4 December 1875
Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary
Died 29 December 1926(1926-12-29) (aged 51)
Montreux, Vaud, Switzerland
Occupation Poet, novelist
Language German, French
Nationality Austrian
Period 1894–1925
Literary movement Modernism
Spouse Clara Westhoff
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Rainer Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926), was an Austrian poet and writer. His best-known works include the collection of poetry Duino Elegies, Sonnets to Orpheus, and the novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

Rilke was born in Prague, Austro-Hungarian Empire. Rilke studied literature, art history, and philosophy in Munich and Prague. He travelled widely throughout Europe and North Africa. He died of leukemia in Montreux, Switzerland.

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