You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Aguste Rodin is a vibrant portrait of the remarkable friendship between Rilke and Rodin—their years together as disciple and master, their heartbreaking rift, and finally their moving reconciliation—as well as an exploration of the origins of their work and a celebration of the ways it continues to reverberate a century later. Corbett has packed this book with plenty to satisfy francophiles; fans of Rilke, Rodin, and Letters to a Young Poet; and anyone seeking an answer to the eternal question: “How should I live my life?”
Rachel Corbett is the executive editor of Modern Painters. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Art Newspaper, New York magazine, and others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.