Letters to a Young Poet - Rainer Maria Rilke, Franz Xaver Kappus, M.D. Herter Norton Graceful writing, exquisite handling of life's more difficult subjects. The letters are gentle and give the reader a warm feeling; this book is the literary equivalent of comfort food. Certainly demands a permanent place on every artist's bookshelf, and I would highly recommend it even to those who don't consider themselves artists.