Robinson Jeffers

Poet, Author

1887 – 1962

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Who was Robinson Jeffers?

John Robinson Jeffers was an American poet, known for his work about the central California coast. Most of Jeffers' poetry was written in narrative and epic form, but today he is also known for his short verse, and considered an icon of the environmental movement. Once influential and highly regarded, despite his stated 'inhumanism', Jeffers thought transcending conflict required human concerns to be de-emphasized in favor of the boundless whole. This led him to oppose US participation in WW2, a stand that was widely seen as misanthropic or nihilist, and destroyed his reputation.

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Born
Jan 10, 1887
Allegheny
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Occidental College
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Washington
Died
Jan 20, 1962
Carmel-by-the-Sea

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