The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers (5 volumes)
Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1989-2010. Volumes One, Two and Three are First Editions; Volumes Four and Five are later printings. Complete in 5 volumes. 4to. Each volume with a tipped-in photo frontispiece of Jeffers by Ansel Adams, Leigh Wiener and Louis Fleckenstein. Book design by Adrian Wilson. Gift inscription in Volume One else all volumes are in fine condition in fine dustjackets. Note: this is a heavy set and additional shipping may be required. Item #21804
The definitive work on California's greatest poet as well as a major poet of the twentieth century. "Now, for the first time, all of Jeffers' completed poems, both published and unpublished, are presented in a single, comprehensive, and textually authoritative edition." - rear flap. The first three volumes of this four-volume work, presents chronologically all of Jeffers' published work from 1920 to 1963. Voume Four includes apprentice work of 1912-1919, completed poems Jeffers left in manuscript, documents such as Jeffers' "Preface" to The Selected Poetry editorial apparatus that discusses the textual decisions made for the edition, and indexes of titles and first lines. Volume Five includes an Introduction providing scope and principles of poetry selection and chronological order; and the essay “Chronology” offering an overview of Jeffers’s career, the evidence for dating the poems, and the arguments drawn from that evidence. It also describes the rationale and evidence for establishing the texts of the poems for this edition, and present, in the form of extensive commentary and tabulations for each poem, the material (notes, preliminary workings, revisions, discarded passages, and variations in published versions) that both complicate and enrich the study of Jeffers’s poetry and prose. These commentaries also incorporate a number of additional selections from Jeffers’s previously unpublished writings.