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Robinson Jeffers: Poet of California
by James Karman
The best biography available about one of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century. Using Jeffers' poetry and personal writings, as well as extensive interviews with Jeffers' family, Karman paints a stunning and meticulously crafted portrait. Illustrated with 26 rare photographs. Also included is an index and Jeffers bibliography.
Paperback, 165 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Story Line Press
(first published April 1st 1987)
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Jeffers built his wife a tower because Yeats had a tower. He built his home with rocks that he found on the beach, and he tried not to be too interested in human beings. He writes about things that he thinks are better than he is, stones, hawks, the Pacific Ocean, etc. When I say that he thinks that a stone is better than he is, I do not mean that Jeffers thinks he is particularly worse than other human beings. I might put myself in for Jeffers and ask, "Do I think a stone is better than I am?" ...more
This is very well done about the life and the poetry of Robinson Jeffers. It is also about his wife Una. He was born in 1887 and died in forties. Strange man! I found nothing likeable about him. I am not familiar with his poetry. I read in this book by Karman about his various epic poems. each is partly from Greek mythology or epics and full of bizaare drama and stories that seem like they couldnt get worse and yet they do. I think he had an interest in things going right and had criticisms of g ...more
Robinson Jeffers is one of the greatest poets of the English language, and yet one of the least known and least appreciated...examples, the first line from The Excesses of God "Is it not by his high superfluousness that we know our God?"...or this one from De rerum virtute on the nature of beauty "It is the human mind's translation of the transhuman intrinsic glory."