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‘You Must Change Your Life’: Award-winning Author Rachel Corbett on Rodin and Rilke

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Rachel Corbett has made an art of writing history. The author, art journalist and editor won the 2016 Marfield Prize for her book You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin. The book documents the relationship between Rilke and Rodin, the former a famous poet and novelist, the latter a French sculptor known for his works like The Thinker, and The Gates of Hell. The unlikely pair first met when Rilke traveled to Paris in 1902 to write a monograph on Rodin, and became friends instantaneously. After reading a French translation of Rilke’s book, Rodin even hired him as his secretary. The relationship between the two was one that has to be read about to be believed, and Rachel Corbett…

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