A collection of letters which were written by Rilke- during a 26 day interval- the concert pianist, Magda von Hattinberg, whom he called Benvenuta and with whom he sustained a brief but intense attachment. At this time Rilke, nearing forty, separated from his family, was ill, restless, alternately depressive and lated, and the letters effect his paradox, emotions. Rarely referring to what Rilke calls the concerns of the day"", the correspondence reveals a steady strain of imaginative pulse and inspiration, gives a further familiarity to the man and the poet. An excellent introduction by Louis Petermeyer. Rilke has a defined, devoted following.