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Robinson Jeffers

[1887-1962]


California poet Robinson Jeffers [1887-1962] wearing white shirt at Tor House in Carmel, California          short profile

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"The greatest beauty is organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things,
the divine beauty of the universe."

"I learned that ruling poor men's hands is nothing. Ruling men's money [is] a wedge in the world.
But after I'd split it open a crack I looked in and saw the trick inside it, the filthy nothing,
the fooled and rotten faces of rich and successful men."

signature of Robinson Jeffers


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California’s 'premier bard'

Robinson Jeffers entry at Wikipedia
browse books in Robinson Jeffers Store at Amazon
Tor House Foundation [est. 1978]
Robinson Jeffers Assn. [est. 1993] based at Vancouver, Washington State



Primary Works
browse books by Robinson Jeffers at Amazon

Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers book edited by Tim Hunt  "The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers" [1938]
Quinn Press pb [3/2007] for $35.45
Quinn Press hardcover [11/2008] for $48.45
Random House hardcover [11/38] out of print/many used
Robinson Jeffers Selected Poems book  "Robinson Jeffers: Selected Poems" [1965]
The poems in this volume were selected {editor unknown} from his major works: "Roan Stallion, Tamar and Other Poems" [1924], "Be Angry At The Sun" [1941], "The Double Axe" [1948], "Hungerfield" [1954], as well as "The Beginning and The End" [1963], which contains his last poems.
Vintage pb [8/65] for $8.76
Carcanet Press Centenary Edition pb [12/87] out of print/used
Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers  "The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers: Volumes I-V" [1988-2001]
Edited by Tim Hunt

Stanford Univ Press 9¾x9 hardcover box set [11/2002] orig $300.00, out of print/used
Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers book edited by Tim Hunt  "The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers" [2002]
Edited by Tim Hunt

Stanford Univ Press pb [4/2002] for $29.25
hardcover [8/00] for $0.00
Stanford Univ Press hardcover [4/2002] out of print/used

"Flagons and Apples" [Grafton, 1912]

"Californians" [Macmillan, 1916]

"Tamar and Other Poems" [self-publd, 1924]

"Roan Stallion, Tamar, and Other Poems" [Boni & Liveright, 1925]

"The Women At Point Sur" [Liveright, 1927]
"The Women At Point Sur" reissue [Blue Oak, 1975] with afterword by Bill Hotchkiss
reissued by Norton-Liveright in 1977

"Cawdor and Other Poems" [Liveright, 1928]

"Dear Judas and Other Poems" [Liveright, 1929]
reissued by Norton-Liveright in 1977

"Descent To The Dead: Poems Written In Ireland & Great Britain" [Random House, 1931]
later included in "Give Your Heart To The Hawks" [1933] and "Selected Poetry" [1938]

"Thurso's Landing and Other Poems" [Liveright, 1932]

"Give Your Heart To The Hawks and Other Poems" [Random House, 1933]

"Solstice and Other Poems" [Random House, 1935]

"Roan Stallion, Tamar, and Other Poems" reissue [Random House, 1925]
additional poems and a new Introduction by Jeffers

"Such Counsels You Gave To Me and Other Poems" [Random House, 1937]

"Be Angry At The Sun" [Random House, 1941]

"The Double Axe and Other Poems" [Random House, 1948]
reissued by Norton-Liveright in 1977 with the eleven 'suppressed poems'

"Hungerfield and Other Poems" [Random House, 1954]

"The Beginning and The End and Other Poems" [Random House, 1963]

"In This Wild Water: Suppressed Poems" [Ward Ritchie Press, 1976]
Ed. James Shebl, Preface by Robert Brophy
poems 'suppressed' by the editors at Random House from the "Double Axe" mss, with correspondence from them
http://www.amazon.com/This-Wild-Water-Suppressed-Robinson/dp/0378076949/

"What Odd Expedients and Other Poems" [Shoestring, 1981] Ed. Robert Ian Scott
25 mostly unpublished poems written about World War II

Rock and Hawk Shorter Poems by Robinson Jeffers book edited by Robert Hass  "Rock and Hawk: A Selection of Shorter Poems by Robinson Jeffers" [1987]
Edited by Robert Hass

Random House hardcover [9/87] out of print/used

"Songs and Heroes" [Arundel Press, 1988] Ed. Robert Brophy
33 early unpublished poems, written circa 1912

"Stones of The Sur" [Stanford Univ Press, 2001]
http://www.amazon.com/Stones-Sur-Robinson-Jeffers-Photographs/dp/0804739420/
http://www.amazon.com/Cawdor-Medea-After-Euripides-Directions/dp/0811200736/

Wild God of The World anthology of Robinson Jeffers  "The Wild God of The World: An Anthology of Robinson Jeffers"
[2003] Edited with an Introduction by Albert Gelpi

includes the long poem "Cawdor" [1928] and selected shorter poems
Stanford Univ Press pb [1/2003] for $20.95
Stanford Univ Press hardcover [1/2003] for $52.00



Other Works

"Poetry, Gongorism and A Thousand Years" [1949] by Robinson Jeffers
Ward Ritchie Press hardcover [1949] out of print/used

"Visits To Ireland" [Ward Ritchie Press, 1954]
excerpts from Una Jeffers’s diaries, edited by Jeffers and containing entries by him

"Themes In My Poems" [Book Club of California, 1956]
principal text & readings of Jeffers’s 1941 lecture at the Library of Congress

"Not Man Apart: Lines From Robinson Jeffers" [Sierra Club, 1965] Ed. David Brower
photographs of the Big Sur coast by famous photographers of the region alongside poems by Jeffers

"The Selected Letters of Robinson Jeffers" [Johns Hopkins, 1968] Ed. Ann Ridgeway
Revealing correspondence, illustrated by striking Leigh Wiener photographs

"Jeffers Country: The Seed Plots of Robinson Jeffers’ Poetry" [Scrimshaw Press, 1971]
Poetry of Jeffers alongside photographs by Horace Lyon; original prefaces by Robinson and Una Jeffers

"The Alpine Christ and Other Poems" [Cayucos Books, 1974] Edited by William Everson

"Brides of The South Wind: Poems 1917-1922" [Cayucos Books, 1974] Edited by William Everson

"Where Shall I Take You To: The Love Letters of Una And Robinson Jeffers" [Yolla Bolly Press, 1987]
57 letters 1910-1913 Ed. Robert Kafka, Foreword by Garth Jeffers

Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers 3-volume set edited by James Karman  "The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers, with Selected Letters of Una Jeffers" [2009-2012] Edited by James Karman
Volume One, 1890-1930
Stanford Univ Press 9½x7½ hardcover [8/2009] for $95.00
Volume Two, 1931-1939
Stanford Univ Press 9½x7 hardcover [10/2011] for $90.25
Volume Three, 1940-? - publication date unknown



Movies, Stageplays, Other Media
Robinson Jeffers credits [1947-82] at Internet Broadway Database

"Dear Judas" stageplay [short Broadway run 1947]
Produced, written & directed by Michael Myerberg 'from the work by Robinson Jeffers'

"Medea" stageplay as adapted by Robinson Jeffers [Oct 1947-May 1948]
'Triumphant' production directed by John Gielgud; starring Judith Anderson {won Tony Award},
John Gielgud & Florence Reed • credits at IBDb

"The Tower Beyond Tragedy" stageplay [Nov-Dec 1950]
Written by Robinson Jeffers, based on his 1950 poem; staged by Robert Ross; starring
Judith Anderson as Clytemnestra • credits at IBDb

actress Judith Anderson recorded a selection of Jeffers’s work in 1970 for Caedmon Records {TC 1297}

"Medea" stageplay as adapted by Robinson Jeffers [May-June 1982 revival]
'Stunning' production moved from Kennedy Center; directed by Robert Whitehead, with Zoe Caldwell as Medea
& Judith Anderson as the nurse, Mitchell Ryan as Jason; Tony Award® for Best Actress to Zoe Caldwell,
5 other Tony nominations; Caldwell also won Drama Desk Award • credits at IBDb

'Medea' TV movie based on the hit 1982 Broadway stageplay  "Medea" TV movie [P.B.S./WQED-TV 1983]
87-minute performance with rapturous reviews on Amazon; filmed in 1982
at the Kennedy Center
Directed by Mark Cullingham; starring Zoe Caldwell,
Judith Anderson {Emmy nomination} & Mitch Ryan
F.F.H. color VHS [1983] out of prodn/scarce
F.F.H. color DVD via high-priced educational license
full credits at IMDb
 book by   "Medea: Freely Adapted From The Medea of Euripides" [1945]
by Robinson Jeffers

Samuel French & Co. pb [1976] out of print/many used
Samuel French & Co. pb [1948] out of print/used
Random House hardcover [1946] out of print/used
Cawdor / Medea by Euripides book by Robinson Jeffers  "Robinson Jeffers: Cawdor & Medea by Euripides" [1970]
with Introduction and notes by William Everson

Jeffers's long poem "Cawdor" [1928] and his 1946 translation of "Medea"
[431 B.C.E.] by Euripides [480-406 B.C.E.]

New Directions pb [1/70] for $11.01
The Beach Boys 1973 album "Holland"  The Beach Boys album "Holland" [1973]
Sony music CD [10/90] 15 tracks - out of prodn/used
EMI Japan imported music CD [6/2008] 15 tracks for $37.88
includes a song [3:49] based on Jeffers's poem "The Beaks of Eagles"
album entry at Wikipedia
Spirit of America Bookstore's 'The Beach Boys' Page

Poetry Speaks Expanded book & audio CD combo edited by Elise Paschen & Rebekah Presson Mosby  "Poetry Speaks Expanded: Hear Poets Read Their Own Work - From Tennyson To Plath" [2007] Edited by Elise Paschen & Rebekah Presson Mosby
Sourcebooks/MediaFusion hardcover & audio CD [10/2007] for $32.97
Book includes 244 poems, with 107 poems 'read by the poets themselves' on three disks; Robinson Jeffers reads "The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)" and "Oh, Lovely Rock"; other American & European poets include W.H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, Louise Bogan, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Browning, E.E. Cummings, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Graves, Robert Hayden, Langston Hughes, Ted Hughes, Laura (Riding) Jackson, Randall Jarrell, James Joyce, Jack Kerouac, Philip Larkin, Robert Lowell, Ogden Nash, Sylvia Plath, Ezra Pound, Theodore Roethke, Muriel Rukeyser, Carl Sandburg, Gertrude Stein, Wallace Stevens, Dylan Thomas, Melvin B. Tolson, Walt Whitman?, William Carlos Williams, William Butler Yeats, many others

Enskyment music album based on poetry by Robinson Jeffers  "Enskyment: The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers" [2010]
by Colin Farish

CDBY music CD [8/2010] 12 tracks for $19.03
Jeffers's poetry spoken and sung by Colin Farish, backed by acoustic instruments


Works About Robinson Jeffers

Shine Perishing Republic book by Rudolph Gilbert  
"Shine, Perishing Republic: Robinson Jeffers and The Tragic Sense In Modern Poetry" [1936] by Rudolph Gilbert
Haskell House hardcover [1965] out of print/used
The Poet Is Dead Memorial For Robinson Jeffers book by William Everson  "The Poet Is Dead: A Memorial For Robinson Jeffers"
[Auerhahn Press 1964] by William Everson (aka Brother Antoninus)

Good Book Press hardcover [1987] out of print/scarce
Robinson Jeffers Fragments of An Older Fury book by William Everson  "Robinson Jeffers: Fragments of An Older Fury" [1968]
by Brother Antoninus (aka William Everson)

Oyez hardcover [1968] out of print/used
Robinson Jeffers Myth, Ritual & Symbol book by Robert J. Brophy  "Robinson Jeffers: Myth, Ritual, and Symbol In His Narrative Poems" [1973] by Robert J. Brophy
Gazelle / Archon hardcover [12/76] out of print/used
Case Western Reserve Univ Press hardcover [1973] out of print/used
Brophy is professor emeritus at Cal State Long Beach
Robinson Jeffers Western Writers Series book by Robert J. Brophy  "Robinson Jeffers (Western Writers Series)" [1975]
by Robert J. Brophy

Boise State Univ pb [6/75] out of print/used
Jeffers Sivaistic Vision book by Bill Hotchkiss  "Jeffers: The Sivaistic Vision" [1975]
by Bill Hotchkiss

Blue Oak Press hardcover [1975] out of print/scarce
Una and Robin memoir by Mabel Dodge Luhan  "Una and Robin" [1976] by Mabel Dodge Luhan
Written in 1933, not published until 1976; memoirs of Mabel Dodge Lujan [1879-1962] of Taos, New Mexico regarding her friendship with Una and Robinson Jeffers, and with D.H. Lawrence [1885-1930]
Friends of The Bancroft Library pb [1976] out of print/used
Friends of The Bancroft Library pb [1976] out of print/used
see also Mabel Dodge Luhan entry at Wikipedia
Cliffs of Solitude Robinson Jeffers book by Robert Zaller  "The Cliffs of Solitude: A Reading of Robinson Jeffers" [1983]
by Robert Zaller

Much of Jeffers's work precededing 'Tamar' was presumed to be lost; the recent {circa 1980} recovery of major portions of Jeffers' verse drama 'The Alpine Christ' as well as a significant quantity of other early material asked for a comprehensive assessment of his career.
Cambridge Univ Press hardcover [11/83] out of print/used
Robinson Jeffers: Poet of California book by James Karman  "Robinson Jeffers: Poet of California" [orig 1987, rev 1994]
by James Karman

Story Line Press pb [10/94] out of print/used
Chronicle Books pb [4/87] out of print/used
Critical Essays On Robinson Jeffers book edited by James Karman  "Critical Essays On Robinson Jeffers" [1990]
Edited by James Karman

Thorndike Press hardcover [10/90] out of print/used
Robinson Jeffers & a Galaxy of Writers book by William H. Nolte  "Robinson Jeffers and A Galaxy of Writers: Essays In Honor of William H. Nolte" [1995] Edited by WIlliam B. Thesing
contains 13 essays by others on Jeffers's work, with comparisons to other American & British poets; Nolte was a fan & scholar of Jeffers & H.L. Mencken, and famously wrote the essay "Robinson Jeffers Redivivus" in Georgia Review, Summer 1978
Univ SC Press hardcover [5/95] for $39.95
A Thousand Graceful Subtleties Robinson Jeffers book by Terry Beers  ". . . A Thousand Graceful Subtleties: Rhetoric In The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers" [1995]
by Terry Beers

Peter Lang Publng hardcover [3/95] for $37.95
Robinson Jeffers, Dimensions of a Poet book edited by Robert J. Brophy  "Robinson Jeffers: The Dimensions of A Poet" [1995]
Edited by Robert J. Brophy

Fordham Univ Press pb [1995] for $25.00
Fordham Univ Press hardcover [1995] for $55.00
Brophy is professor emeritus at Cal State Long Beach
Una Jeffers Discovered Memoir book by Edith Greenan  "Of Una Jeffers: A Discovered Memoir" [written 1939, publd 1998]
by Edith Greenan

Story Line Press pb [10/98] out of print/used

review by David Rains Wallace of the Stanford 4-volume "Collected Poetry" set
{Los Angeles Times Book Review cover story, 29 Oct 2000)



Family & Friends

wife Una Call Kuster Jeffers [1884?-1950]
affair 1910?, married 1913, died 1950
twin sons born 1916

friend photographer Ansel Adams [1902-84]
friend photographer Morley Baer [1916-95]
friend author Benjamin De Casseres [1873-1945]
friends Edward & Edith Kuster (Una's first husband, Edward's second wife}
friend author D.H. Lawrence [1885-1930]
friend Mabel Ganson Evans Dodge Sterne Luhan [1879-1962] of Taos, New Mexico
friend poet Edgar Lee Masters [1868-1950]
friend & mentor poet George Sterling [1869-1926]
friend photographer Edward Weston [1886-1958]



Links
Robinson Jeffers entry at Wikipedia
browse books in Robinson Jeffers Store at Amazon
Tor House Foundation [est. 1978]
Robinson Jeffers Assn. [est. 1993] based at Vancouver in Washington State

photo posters of Robinson Jeffers and family at AllPosters.com

Robinson Jeffers pages at University of Illinois/UC
Poets.org's Robinson Jeffers page
http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/jeffers/life.htm

Beginning with the help of two of its greatest benefactors, Una Jeffers and Albert Bender, Occidental College has been collecting, since 1937,
the works of Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962), the Carmel, California poet and graduate of Occidental College.
Robinson Jeffers alumnus pages at Occidental College, Los Angeles, California

Time Magazine cover 4 April 1932 of poet Robinson Jeffers             USPO 8-cent stamp of American Poet Robinson Jeffers



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