Photographs by Michael Eastman.
With an introduction by William H. Gass.
“One has only to look at a human face to find a soul, no feature deceives; hypocrisy is as transparent as sincerity. The inclining of the brow, the least furrowing of a look may reveal the secrets of the heart.” — Auguste Rodin
Sculptor Auguste Rodin was fortunate to have for a secretary Rainer Maria Rilke, one of the most sensitive poets of our time, living in his workshops. This essay discussing Rodin’s work and development as an artist is as revealing of Rilke as it is of his subject. Written in 1903, the text marks the entry of the poet into the world of letters (before the publication of his major poetic works).