Rainer Maria Rilke: His Last Friendship; Unpublished Letters to Mrs. Eloui Bey

Rainer Maria Rilke: His Last Friendship; Unpublished Letters to Mrs. Eloui Bey

Rainer Maria Rilke: His Last Friendship; Unpublished Letters to Mrs. Eloui Bey

Rainer Maria Rilke: His Last Friendship; Unpublished Letters to Mrs. Eloui Bey

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Immediately after the war, during the course of a visit I made to Lausanne, I had the good luck to see Edmond Jaloux again. He appeared anxious to know the circumstances which surrounded the death of one of our mutual friends, Nimet Eloui Bey.

I must point out, for the benefit of readers who do not already know of her, that Mrs. Eloui Bey was one of the most engaging personalities of the period between the two wars. She knew how to reconcile the worldly demands which her exceptional beauty attracted with the demands made by a spirit trained in all the intellectual disciplines. Her beauty fascinated at first glance, but the richness of her culture in poetry, philosophy, and theology made complete a personality rich in contrasts, and one which could not be damaged by any influence.

This Circassian woman who, as a girl, lived in . . .

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