Pg. 211 of David Markson’s copy of A Ringing Glass: The Life of Rainer Maria Rilke by Donald Prater:
On which David Markson placed a check next to mention of Rainer Maria Rilke meeting Eleonora Duse:
“Carlo Placci came to spend a few weeks in Venice, and was instrumental in arranging an introduction to Eleonora Duse. He had long wanted to meet the great actress, dreamed even of seeing her one day in the dramatic poem The White Princess he had dedicated to her: but although opportunities could have been made, he had not pressed himself forward, and had continued to admire her from afar, not least, from the well-known story of her affair with D’Annunzio, as another in his Malte gallery of great women lovers.”
Rilke “dreamed even of seeing her one day in the dramatic poem The White Princess.”
This would never happen.
“Eleonora Duse died of pneumonia. In Pittsburgh.”
According to pg. 20 of Markson’s This Is Not A Novel.
“April 21, 1924, Eleonora Duse died on.”
According to pg. 131 of Markson’s The Last Novel.
David Markson’s copy of A Ringing Glass: The Life of Rainer Maria Rilke by Donald Prater is owned by John Harrison. The above scan is used with his permission. Copyright © John Harrison.