"In the work of his apprenticeship, Robinson Jeffers showed what could be done with the life and landscape of Southern California... Like an Arroyoan, Jeffers constructed his house of poetry from local materials."-Kevin Starr, Inventing the Dream: California Through the Progressive Era
FIRST EDITION of Jeffers's second book, the first to be published by a major publishing house.
Though relatively unknown at the time, Robinson Jeffers "proved that [he], then near thirty, was the finest poet at work in California. He remained such for the next forty years... Much of the poetry of Californians is derivative, as if Wordsworth has come to the Southland, yet its conjunction of vividly specific locale and symbolic drama boded well for the future." (Kevin Starr, Inventing the Dream: California Through the Progressive Era). His second published collection of poetry, Californians heralded a long and successful career where Jeffers would go on to write "the most remarkable, ambitious, and odd series of narrative poems in American literature." (Dana Gioia, California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present).
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1916. Octavo, original blue cloth with gilt decorations and lettering; top edge gilt. Without (as usual) the exceedingly rare dust jacket. Spine ends very slightly bumped. A beautiful copy.
Price: $425 .