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The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers

The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers

by Robinson Jeffers

Permanent things, or things forever renewed, like the grass and human passions, are the material for poetry...

Robinson Jeffers, 1948 (Photo by Nat Farbman/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Collected Poetry

There are four paperback collections containing selected poetry of Robinson Jeffers, two published by Stanford University Press. The Wild God of the World: An Anthology of Robinson Jeffers, edited by Albert Gelpi, contains the long poem "Cawdor" (2003). Tim Hunt edited a longer anthology, The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, in 2001. The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, also edited by Hunt, is a five-volume collection published between 1988 and 2001.

Anthologies with Selected Poems of Jeffers, Including Introductions and Biographies

Ellmann, Richard, ed. The New Oxford Book of American Verse. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976.

Gioia, Dana, David Mason, and Meg Schoerke, eds. Twentieth-Century American Poetics: Poets on the Art of Poetry. New York: McGraw Hill, 2004.

Lehman, David, ed. The Oxford Book of American Poetry. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Selected Books about Jeffers and His Poetry

Bennett, Melba Berry. The Stonemason of Tor House. 1966. Carmel, CA: Tor House Foundation, 2007.

Greenan, Edith. Of Una Jeffers: A Memoir. Ed. James Karman. Ashland, OR: Story Line Press, 1998.

Karman, James. Robinson Jeffers: Poet of California. Rev. Ed. Ashland, OR: Story Line Press, 2001.

Karman, James, ed. Stones of the Sur: Poetry by Robinson Jeffers, Photographs by Morley Baer. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001.

Zaller, Robert, ed. Centennial Essays for Robinson Jeffers. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 1991.


The Poetry Foundation
Visit the Poetry Foundation's website for a biography and bibliography of Jeffers, along with many of his poems.

Tor House and Hawk Tower in Carmel, California
This website provides information on Tor House, photos, history, poems, articles, and more. The Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, sponsors events and publishes material designed to preserve and extend the cultural and literary legacy of Robinson Jeffers, poet of California.

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