Annotated Bibliography of Bibliographical, Biographical, and Critical Works on Robinson Jeffers

This bibliography is adapted and augmented from Robinson Jeffers:
Dimensions of a Poet.
Ed. Robert Brophy. Bronx, NY: Fordham
University Press, 1995.

Bibliographical:
Albert, S.S. A Bibliography of the Works of Robinson Jeffers.
New York: Random House, 1933.

Brophy, Robert. “The Prose of Robinson Jeffers.” Robinson Jeffers
Newsletter
, 46 (September 1976): 14-36.

Kafka, Robert. “Robinson Jeffers’ Published Writings, 1903-1911.”
Robinson Jeffers Newsletter, 53 (June 1979): 14-68.

Rodgers, Covington. “A Checklist of Robinson Jeffers’ Poetical
Writings Since 1934.” Robinson Jeffers Newsletter, 48 (March
1977): 11-24.

Rodgers, Covington, and Robert Brophy. “Robinson Jeffers” in
First Printings of American Authors. Detroit: Gale Research,
1978, 185-196.

Biographical:
Adamic, Louis. Robinson Jeffers: A Portrait. Seattle: University of
Washington Chapbook, 1933. Impressions by a fellow author.
Reprinted by Yolla Bolly Press, Covelo, CA, 1983, with a foreword
by Garth Jeffers.

Bennett, Melba. The Stone Mason of Tor House: The Life and Works
of Robinson Jeffers
. Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press, 1996.
Indispensable for early biography but sketchy on Jeffers’ mid-
and late-career and marred by errors.

Greenan, Edith. Of Una Jeffers. Edited by James Karman.
Brownsville, OR: Story Line Press, 1998. Uncritical but useful
portrait by Edward Kuster’s second wife.

Karman, James. Robinson Jeffers: Poet of California. Brownsville,
OR: Story Line Press, 1995. The most accurate and complete
biographical study of Jeffers. Not full biography.

Luhan, Mabel. Una and Robin. Berkeley, CA: Friends of the
Bancroft Library, 1976. An appreciation of Una especially
and of life at Tor House.

Sterling, George. Robinson Jeffers: The Man and the Artist. New
York: Boni & Liveright, 1926. Early sketch by California poet
laureate and close friend.

Criticism:
Beers, Terry. “…a thousand graceful subtleties.” Rhetoric in the
Poetry of Robinson Jeffers.
New York: Peter Lang, 1995.
Aristotelian analysis of Jeffers’ poetry with some close reading
of poems.

Boswell, Jeanetta. Robinson Jeffers and the Critics, 1912-1983:
A Bibliography of Secondary Sources with Selective Annotations.

Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1986. An alphabetical listing of
critics and their work. Not as substantial as Vardamis but
more recent entries.

Beilke, Marlan. Shining Clarity: God and Man in the Works of
Robinson Jeffers
. Amador City, CA: Quintessence Publications,
1977. Thorough examination of Jeffers’ religious and philosophical
themes with some close reading of poems.

Bennett, Melba. Robinson Jeffers and the Sea. San Francisco,
Grabhorn, 1936. Focus on Jeffers’ water imagery with some
psychological probing.

Brophy, Robert, senior ed. Jeffers Studies, Vol.1-. Long Beach:
California State University, 1997–. Ongoing quarterly of Jeffers
articles, reviews, news & notes.

Brophy, Robert. Robinson Jeffers. Boise, ID: Western Writers Series,
1975. Fifty-page pamphlet. Introduction to Jeffers, the man, his poetry,
and his themes.

Brophy, Robert, ed. Robinson Jeffers: Dimensions of a Poet. New
York: Fordham University Press, 1995. A collection of essays
on Jeffers’ use of history, epic, narrative, and apocalyptic genres,
his life, career, and prosody.

Brophy, Robert. Robinson Jeffers: Myth, Ritual, and Symbol in His
Narrative Poems
. Cleveland: Case Western Reserve University
Press, 1973. Jeffers’ adaptation of biblical, Greek, Roman, and
Norse myth; his use of cyclic, sacrificial and sacramental imagery
in “Tamar,” “Roan Stallion,” “Cawdor,” “The Tower Beyond
Tragedy,” and Jeffers’ ars poetica lyric “Apology for Bad Dreams.”

Brophy, Robert, ed. Robinson Jeffers Newsletter, Number 1-100.
Los Angeles: Occidental College/Long Beach: California State
University, 1962-1996. Begun as a bulletin under Melba Bennett,
developed into a full journal with articles and current Jeffersiana.
Number 100, closing the series, features a 60-page index by 53
categories.

Carpenter, Frederic I. Robinson Jeffers. New York: Twayne, 1962.
The basic introduction to Jeffers’ life, genres, themes, aesthetics.

Coffin, Arthur. Robinson Jeffers: Poet of Inhumanism. Madison:
University of Wisconsin Press, 1971. Jeffers’ philosophical
influences and themes. Analyses of poems.

Dotson, John. The Enduring Voice: A Tor House Journal. San
Luis Obispo, CA: Mariposa Press, 1987. Thoughts on Jeffers
by another poet when he was poet in residence.

Everson, William. The Excesses of God: Robinson Jeffers as a
Religious Figure
. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1988.
Examination of Jeffers according to the categories of Rudolph
Otto. Jeffers as mystic, not philosopher.

Everson, William. Archetype West: The Pacific Coast as a Literary
Region.
Berkeley, CA: Oyez, 1976. Jeffers as a central figure
in study of the Pacific Coast as arousing and exemplifying
Western themes.

Everson, William. Robinson Jeffers: Fragments of an Older Fury.
Berkeley, CA: Oyez, 1968. Six essays and the elegy “The Poet
is Dead.” Jungian analysis of poems.

Gilbert, Rudolph. Shine Perishing Public: Robinson Jeffers and the
Tragic Sense in Modern Poetry
. Boston: Humphries, 1936.
An enthusiastic placing of Jeffers among the all-time “Greats.”
Based partly on significant correspondence from Jeffers.

Hotchkiss, Bill. Jeffers: The Sivaistic Vision. Auburn, CA: Blue Oak,
1975. Reexamination of Jeffers’ critics and close reading of poems.

Hughey, Richard, and Boon Hughey. Jeffers Country Revisited.
Long Beach, CA: Robinson Jeffers Newsletter No. 98-99, 1996.
Identification of poems with the geographical location and history of over
200 place names in Jeffers’ poetry, listing with each of their poems.

Karman, James. Critical Essays on Robinson Jeffers. Boston: G.K. Hall,
1990. A gathering of key critical commentaries on Jeffers’ works
according to each’s publication event. Ends with 13 essays on the poet
by later critics. Comprehensive 32-page introduction.

Monjian, Mercedes. Robinson Jeffers: A Study in Inhumanism.
Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1958. Brief pioneering
comment on Jeffers themes and philosophy.

Nolte, William. Rock and Hawk. Athens: University of Georgia Press,
1978. A reexamination of Jeffers’ romanticism with readings
of poems.

Powell, Lawrence Clark. Robinson Jeffers: The Man and His Work.
Los Angeles: Primavera Press, 1934; 2nd edition Pasadena: San
Pasqual Press, 1940. First and for a long time the primary introduction
to Jeffers’ life, art, themes, and genres. Exhibited the first of the
maps of “Jeffers Country,” coached by Una Jeffers.

Shebl, James. In This Wild Water: The Suppressed Poems of Robinson
Jeffers.
Pasadena: Ward Ritchie Press, 1976. Exposes the pressures from
and editorial interference of Random House with the Double Axe volume.

Squires, Radcliffe. The Loyalties of Robinson Jeffers. Ann Arbor:
University of Michigan Press, 1956. Key work on Jeffers’ relationship
to Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Lucretius. etc. A basic work on Jeffers’
philosophic themes.

Thesing, William, ed. Robinson Jeffers and a Galaxy of Writers.
Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1995. Essays on
Jeffers and Merwin, Dickey, Mallarme, Stevens, Yeats, Frost,
Snyder, Eliot, Lawrence. Discussions of Jeffers’ syntax, poetics,
romanticism, transcendentalism, narrative, myth, etc.

Vardamis, Alexander. The Critical Reputation of Robinson Jeffers.
Hamden, CT: Archon Press, 1972. A thorough listing of
literary criticism on Jeffers, divided into reviews, articles, and books,
each abstracted. 40-page introduction.

White, Kenneth. The Coast Opposite Humanity. Dyfed, England:
Unicorn, 1975. Short essay on Jeffers’ poetics and philosophy by
an English poet.

Zaller, Robert. Centennial Essays for Robinson Jeffers. Newark:
University of Delaware Press, 1991. Twelve critical essays, mostly
first-time appearances, on Jeffers poetics, critical reputation,
politics, individual poems, etc.

Zaller, Robert. The Cliffs of Solitude: A Reading of Robinson Jeffers.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983. Analysis of
Jeffers in a Freudian mode with close readings of many poems,
mostly narratives.