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The Cliffs of Solitude


  • Page extent: 284 pages
  • Size: 229 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.42 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521109949)

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available
  • Published April 2009

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The Cliffs of Solitude offers a comprehensive assessment of the career of one of America's most neglected major poets, Robinson Jeffers. Jeffers' reputation, once one of the most substantial in American letters, was founded chiefly on the publication of 'Tamar' (1924) and the other verse narratives of the California coast that followed it in the next two decades. Most previous studies have cast no more than a backward glance at the considerable body of work that preceded 'Tamar', much of which was presumed to be lost. The recent recovery of major portions of Jeffers' verse drama 'The Alpine Christ', however, as well as a significant quantity of other early material, compels reassessment of this phase of his career and casts the mature poetry in a radically altered light. Such an attempt is particularly timely now that the rhetoric of modernist criticism, which tended for so long to obscure the scope and importance of Jeffers' achievement, has itself receded into the historical record.


Preface; Chronology; 1. The birth of the hero; 2. Fathers and sons; 3. The bloody sire; 4. Prophets and saviours; 5. The journey home; 6. The place for no story; Appendix: The Double Axe controversy; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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