Works by Jeffers

Works By Robinson Jeffers: A Chronological Listing

Flagons and Apples. Los Angeles: Grafton, 1912. A slim booklet of early love lyrics, imitative of the English Romantic poets. Reissued by Cayucos Books, 1970.

Californians. New York: Macmillan, 1916. Lyrics and narratives, still imitative, reflecting the Big Sur country and anticipating later themes. Narratives use Big Sur and the central California coast. See reissue by Cayucos Books, 1971.

Tamar and Other Poems. New York: Peter Boyle, 1924.  Dramatically different poetry: accentual verse, long line, themes of incest, biblical and mythical allusion, apocalyptic.

Roan Stallion, Tamar and Other Poems. New York: Boni and Liveright, 1925.  The Tamar volume expanded with a new narrative and a drama, “The Tower Beyond Tragedy.” First  major publisher of his mature work.

The Women at Point Sur. New York: Liveright, 1927. 175-page narrative about a renegade minister grotesquely seeking God. 
Sexual themes and violence. Though Jeffers conceived it as his high achievement, it turned away many critics.  See reissues in 1975 and 1977 (including five poems originally intended for this volume).

Cawdor and Other Poems. New York: Liveright, 1928.  Adaptation of the Hippolytus-Phaedra theme to the Big Sur coast. See reprinting of the narrative poem along with Medea by New Directions in 1970.

Dear Judas and Other Poems. New York: Liveright, 1929.  Jesus’s passion story as a Noh play. Second tale: a woman  Christ-figure, “The Loving Shepherdess,” on the Sur coast, pursuing a pilgrimage north to death in childbirth. See 
reissue in 1977.

Descent to the Dead: Poems Written in Ireland and Great Britain. New York: Random House, 1931. Poems on the occasion of the 1929 family stay on the Northeast Irish Coast and travel through Ireland, Scotland, and England. Later included in Give Your Heart to the Hawks (1933) and Selected Poetry (1938).

Thurso’s Landing and Other Poems. New York: Liveright, 1932. Tragic hubris and heroic triumph-through-pain on a coastal ranch. Issued also in combination with Dear Judas.

Give Your Heart to the Hawks and Other Poems. New York: 
Random House, 1933. A Cain and Abel story urging Jeffersian transvaluation of values on a ranch above Pfeiffer Beach.

Solstice and Other Poems. New York: Random House, 1935.  An adaptation of the Greek Medea myth to the California Coast.

Roan Stallion, Tamar and Other Poems. New York: 
Random House Modern Library, 1935. This volume re-popularized Jeffers. Additional poems from the 1927 A Miscellany of American Poetry. New, important introduction by Jeffers.

Such Counsels You Gave to Me and Other Poems. New York: Random House, 1937. Scottish ballad motif as vehicle for an Oedipal conflict.

The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers. New York: Random House, 1938. Comprehensive collection. Important introduction.

Be Angry with the Sun and Other Poems. New York: Random House, 1941. Strong response to World War II.

Medea. New York: Random House, 1946. Adaptation from 
Euripides. Triumphant New York theater production in 1947 with Judith Anderson. See reissue with “Cawdor” in 1970.

The Double Axe and Other Poems. New York: Random House, 1948. Turbulent political poems against World War II and all wars. Includes famous publisher’s note of political dissociation by Random House. Received with almost universally hostile criticism. See reissue in 1977 with eleven “suppressed poems.” Also published In This Wild Water, 1976.

Poetry, Gongorism and a Thousand Years. Los Angeles: Ritchie, 1949. 1948 New York Times article, defining the “great poet” as one who avoids trends and writes to be understood in the far future.

Hungerfield and Other Poems. New York: Random House, 1954. Powerful tale with autobiographic lyric frame reconciling 
Jeffers with his wife’s death.

Visits to Ireland. Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie, 1954. Excerpts from Una Jeffers’s diaries edited by Jeffers and containing entries by him.

Themes in My Poems. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1956. Principal text and readings of Jeffers’s 1941 lecture at the Library of Congress. Themes of death, war, culture cycles, pantheism, the self-torturing god, hawks, and poetry as discovery.

The Beginning and the End and Other Poems. New York: 
Random House, 1963. Posthumous collection. Uneven with inauthentic editing by Melba Bennett. Final statements on mankind in the shadow of nuclear war. Title poem recapitulates evolution.

Robinson Jeffers: Selected Poems. New York: Vintage, l965. Slim paperback, mostly lyrics, from his long career.

Not Man Apart: Lines from Robinson Jeffers: Photographs of the Big Sur Coast. Ed. David Brower. San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1965. Seascapes, promontories, canyons, beaches by famous photographers of the region alongside Jeffers poems.

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

Robinson Jeffers, A Long Poem Cawdor, Medea by Euripides. New York: New Directions, 1970. Introduction and notes by William Everson. Reissue of narrative and drama from the 1928 and 1946 volumes.

Jeffers Country: The Seed Plots of Robinson Jeffers’ Poetry. San Francisco: Scrimshaw Press, 1971. Poetry of Jeffers alongside photographs by Horace Lyon. Original prefaces by Robinson and Una Jeffers.

The Alpine Christ and Other Poems. N.p.: Cayucos Books, 1974. Edited with preface, introduction, and afterward by William Everson. Early lyrics mostly unpublished, with a fragment from an unpublished title drama of World War I.

Brides of the South Wind: Poems 1917-1922. N.p.: Cayucos Books, 1974. Edited with preface, introduction, and afterward 
by William Everson. Early published and unpublished poems.

The Women at Point Sur. Auburn, California: Blue Oak, 1975. Reissue with afterword by Bill Hotchkiss.

In This Wild Water. Los Angeles: Ritchie, 1976. Ed. James Shebl. Poems “suppressed” by the editors of Random House from The Double Axe manuscripts, with correspondence from publishers. Preface by Robert Brophy.

The Women at Point Sur and Other Poems. New York: Norton-Liveright, 1977. With textual note and afterword by Tim Hunt. Printing five poems originally intended for the 1927 volume.

The Double Axe and Other Poems. New York: Norton-Liveright, 1977. Foreword by William Everson.  Eleven “suppressed poems” added. Afterword by Bill Hotchkiss.

Dear Judas and Other Poems. New York: Norton-Liveright, 1977. Afterword and textual note by Robert Brophy.

What Odd Expedients and Other Poems. Hamden, Connecticut: Shoestring, 1981. Ed. Robert Ian Scott. Twenty-five mostly unpublished poems written about World War II, compiled from manuscripts at the Humanities Research Center, University of Texas.

Rock and Hawk: A Selection of Shorter Poems by Robinson Jeffers. Ed. Robert Hass. New York: Random House, 1987. Important introduction. 161 poems, of which six are short narratives or narrative excerpts. Includes “Roan Stallion.”

Robinson Jeffers: Selected Poems. The Centenary Edition.  
Ed. Colin Falck. Manchester: Carcanet, 1987. Appreciative
introduction: “Robinson Jeffers: American Romantic.” 60 lyrics, three short narratives, “Medea” excerpt.

Where Shall I Take You To: The Love Letters Of Una And Robinson Jeffers. Ed. Robert Kafka. Foreword by Garth Jeffers. N.p.: Yolla Bolly P, l987. 57 letters 1910-1913. From papers at the University of Texas, Austin.

Songs and Heroes. Los Angeles: Arundel, 1988. Ed. Robert 
Brophy. Thirty-three early unpublished poems, written about 
the time of Flagons and Apples.

The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers. Ed. Tim Hunt.  Stanford: Stanford University Press, Vol.1-5, 1988-2001.

The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers with Selected Letters of Una Jeffers. Ed. James Karman. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Vol.  1, 2009;  Vol. 2, forthcoming in 2010;  Vol. 3, expected 2011.

Major Jeffers manuscripts can be located at The Jeffers Collection at the Mary Norton Clapp Library, Occidental College; the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University; and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin.

Useful Reference:
An Index to Robinson Jeffers’s Published Poems, Their First Appearances, and a Directory to Their Manuscripts, Robert Brophy, Robinson Jeffers Newsletter, June 1988, Supplement to Number 73. 20 pages. Available to download on the Robinson Jeffers Newsletter archive page.