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Robinson Jeffers (1887 - 1962)

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Books by this author: Selected Poems
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  • Robinson Jeffers was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a successor to a long line of Scottish-Irish Calvinists and the son of a professor of classics and theology. His father taught him Greek, Latin and Hebrew as a boy, and he was educated privately in Germany and Switzerland before entering the University of Western Pennsylvania at the age of fifteen. In 1913 he married Una Call, and with the help of a legacy bought a stretch a land in California, where he helped to build Tor House hauling rocks from the beach. His first two books were undistinguished, but with Roan Stallion, and Tamar and Other Poems he rapidly established a nationwide reputation. Altogether he published some twenty books of verse, and his version of Euripides's Medea had a successful run on Broadway. His popularity diminished after the Second World War and he died in 1962 at the age of seventy-five. In 1987 Carcanet published his Selected Poems honouring his verse spanning over twenty years.
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