Raue represented the three great-granddaughters and sole heirs of the estate of Rainer Maria Rilke (deceased 29 December 1926) in the sales negotiations with the German Literature Archive Marbach. Aim of the negotiations was to sell the entire Rilke archive, which is owned by the Rilke heirs and has been excellently processed, to the Literary Archives. The purchase price was raised from public funds (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Baden-Württemberg and the Berthold Leibinger, Carl Friedrich von Siemens and Wüstenrot Foundations).

The negotiations began in January 2022 and could be completed very quickly. With more than 10,000 handwritten pages of drafts of works and notes, 2,500 letters written by Rilke himself, 6,300 letters addressed to him, and a large library of the frequent reader Rilke with many annotated notes, the most important literary estate of the post-war period is going to Marbach.

The acquisition of the Rilke estate by the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach has been acknowledged and celebrated by the German government, in the German press (including the feature pages of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Frankfurter Allgemeine, the Tagesspiegel and Deutschlandfunk) and in the cultural scene.

Advisor to the great-granddaughters and sole heirs of the estate of Rainer Maria Rilke:

Raue, Berlin: Prof. Dr. Peter Raue (Partner, Media, Arts and Cultural Institutions)

Advisor to the German Literature Archive Marbach and advisor to the foundations: inhouse

A photo of Prof. Dr. Peter Raue can be downloaded here.

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Berlin, 7 December 2022

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