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The extraordinary story of the one of the most fruitful friendships in modern arts and letters.
“Corbett’s narrative is pacy and vivid…” — Financial Times
“...splendid new book...Corbett looks into life as deeply as is possible for answers, but she knows when to stop. This is the hallmark of her moral intelligence.” — The Art Newspaper
“... she [Rachel Corbett] evokes the interaction between Rodin's and Rilke's circumstances and mental states in vivid detail... The result of her efforts is a beautiful exercise in compact, interwoven double biography.” — Times Literary Supplement
“... the moving story of Rilke and Rodin is worth as much as the best self-help books and manuals, and one could definitely learn a lot from their relationship... Corbett’s original book stands as an urgent invitation to revisit both Rilke’s poems and Rodin’s sculptures.” — World Literature Today
“You Must Change Your Life is an enthralling exploration of the complex relationship between two creative giants of art and literature, drawn together in Paris at the birth of a new century... Corbett... sustains the reader’s interest through intellectual rigour, elegance, and above all empathy.” — The London Magazine
Winner — Marfield Prize for Arts Writing, 2016