Stones of the Sur

Stones of the Sur

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by James Karman, Robinson Jeffers, Morley Baer
     
 


The precipitous cliffs, rolling headlands, and rocky inlets of the Big Sur coast of California prompted Robinson Jeffers to extol their wild beauty throughout his long career as a poet. This extraordinary volume brings together Jeffers's haunting poetry with magnificent photographs of Big Sur by his friend and neighbor, famed photographer Morley Baer.See more details below

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The precipitous cliffs, rolling headlands, and rocky inlets of the Big Sur coast of California prompted Robinson Jeffers to extol their wild beauty throughout his long career as a poet. This extraordinary volume brings together Jeffers's haunting poetry with magnificent photographs of Big Sur by his friend and neighbor, famed photographer Morley Baer.

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"An elegant coda to the remarkable series, with more than 50 stunning photographs."—San Francisco Chronicle

"A master in his field. . . . [Baer's work] has the aura of excellence and his craft is above reproach."—Ansel Adams on Morley Baer

"This book combines poetry by Jeffers with California landscape photographs by Morley Baer. . . . This is a work of unusual sensitivity that blends two media with personal expressions of two artists of unique stature. Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals."—Choice

"This extraordinary edition pairs Jeffers's poetry with fifty-two photographs by the poet's friend and neighbor, renowned photographer Morley Baer. . . . The photos stand on their own great merit as does the poetry. Together they create this sensitive, thundering, yet spiritual work."—The Book Club of California

"Stones of the Sur is the culmination of Baer's last wish for a book project. Karman, his chosen collaborator, has fulfilled that ambition beautifully."—The Bloomsbury Review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the 1920s, on the strength of Roan Stallion, Tamar and Other Poems, Jeffers's critical reputation rivaled those of Frost and Eliotwhile the relatively frank sexual material to be found in his long, rough-hewn, often Callifornia-based narratives didn't hurt his popular reputation, as Washington State University professor Hunt notes in his introduction. After hitting the cover of Time in 1935, Jeffers (1887-1962) made a selection from his work three years later for Random House, one that has been listed as "out of stock indefinitely" for the last few years. A much more modest Random selected edition published a few years after Jeffers's death remains in print in paper, but this huge selection, culled from the monumental five-volume collected edition Hunt has edited for Stanford, is much more comprehensive, and can claim improved textual accuracy. Hunt's edition strips the punctuation added by contemporary printers (which "often obscures the rhythm and pacing of what Jeffers actually wrote, and at points even obscures meaning and nuance") and includes a carefully weighed choice of long and short works, as well as unpublished work. Jeffers's serious and sometimes morally indignant parables have most recently been taken up by Dana Gioia and others as a bulwark against Pound-and-Eliot-line modernism. This new selection will get readers closer than ever to the poems as Jeffers himself saw them, reacquainting them with "the night-wind veering, the smell of the spilt wine," and allowing readers to place him on their own. (Apr. 26) Forecast: While this selection is clearly intended to replace the Random edition, some readers may still prefer the poet's own selection (which could be provoked back into print), though this set will now have the edge on syllabi and in libraries. Further Jeffers projects from Stanford include Volume Five of The Collected Poetry, which will complete the project, slated for August, and Stones of the Sur, a book of lush Carmel coast photos by Morley Baer matched with appropriate Jeffers poems, which arrives from the press in June ($60 160p ISBN 0-8047-3942-0). Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
This volume brings together outstanding work by poet Robinson Jeffers and photographer Morley Baer, two artists who live in Big Sur. Baer's dramatic b&w photographs of the precipitous cliffs, rolling headlands, and rocky inlets, together with a selection of poems that expressed Jeffers' mystical experience of stone, form a fitting tribute to the evocative power of this section of the wild California coast. Oversize: 10x11.5<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804739429
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,395,866
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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