Editor’s Note by George Hart
This “special issue” of Jeffers Studies is special in many respects. First and foremost, it is a festschrift in honor of Robert J. Brophy, timed to coincide with the thirty-fifth anniversary of the publication of his Robinson Jeffers: Myth, Ritual, and Symbol in His Narrative Poems. It is a triple issue, containing six scholarly articles, a transcription of an early draft of Cawdor, and a critical anatomy of a unique Jeffers manuscript, the Great Sheet. And, it contains a wealth of visual material we usually are unable to include in regular issues: photos and reproductions in honor of Bob Brophy, illustrations from a limited edition of Cawdor, images relating to some of the critical essays, pictures of manuscript pages from the Library of Congress, and a full-scale facsimile of the Great Sheet. We hope that our readers and Jeffersians everywhere will find this issue a treasure trove of critical insight, scholarly production, and rare material. Everyone who contributed to this issue did so in honor of Brophy’s groundbreaking critical work and his career-long record of scholarly achievement.