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A Conversation with Marfield Prize Recipient Rachel Corbett
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A Conversation with Marfield Prize Recipient Rachel Corbett

May 3, 2017 at 6:30PM

Monroe House

Rachel Corbett, recipient of the eleventh annual Marfield Prize, will discuss her book, You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin, in conversation with poet, judge and 2017 Guggenheim Fellow Matthea Harvey, Wednesday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m.

You Must Change Your Life (W. W. Norton & Company) is a vivid biography of the young and then-unknown poet Rainer Maria Rilke and the notorious sculptor who served as his mentor. The book traces their surprising friendship and heartbreaking rift, having met when a penniless Rilke came to Paris in 1906 to research and write a short biography of Rodin. 

Writing in luminous prose and drawing on extensive research, Corbett provides a glimpse into the origins of some of Rilke's beloved poems, as well as the risks and rewards of the artistic life. Following the interview, Corbett will answer audience questions and sign copies of her book, provided by Politics & Prose for $27 (hardcover). The program will be preceded by a buffet and cash bar. Free and open to the public. 

Rachel Corbett is editor in chief of Modern Painters magazine. Her writing also has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, The Art Newspaper, New York Magazine, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. You Must Change Your Life is her first book.


Buffet and Cash Bar:
6:30 p.m.
Program: 7:30 p.m.
Reception and book-signing: 8:30 p.m. 

RSVP: administrator@artsclubofwashington or 202-331-7282, x3.