Jeffers People, A-to-Z (A Partial Listing)

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Judith Anderson (10 Feb 1897 – 3 Jan 1992): Award-winning Australian actress. From Wikipedia:

In 1947, she triumphed as Medea in a version of Euripides' tragedy, written by the poet Robinson Jeffers and produced by John Gielgud, who played Jason. She won the Tony Award for Best Actress for her performance. She toured in this role to Germany in 1951 and to France and Australia in 1955–56.

Mary Hunter Austin: California writer who moved to Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1907, co-founded the Forest Theatre, and directed her play Fire at the Forest Theatre in 1913.

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Morley Baer: American photographer of landscapes and architecture. Influenced by Robinson Jeffers. Contributed photographs to Not Man Apart (1965).

James Baird: Editor, Jeffers Studies. Former professor of English, University of North Texas, Denton. President, Robinson Jeffers Association (2003 – 2005).

Kevin Batton: Latin instructor. MA, Classics, University of California, Irvine.

Melba Berry Bennett (1901 – 1968): Secretary and authoritative biographer of Robinson Jeffers. Author of the Stone Mason of Tor House: the Life and Work of Robinson Jeffers (1966). Editor of the Robinson Jeffers Newsletter.

Robert Bridges (1844 – 1930): British poet laureate from 1913 to 1930. Published at length about prosody, and advocated for accentual verse as a major tradition in English verse. Probably had a great influence on the prosody of Robinson Jeffers, as Bridges' advocacy of accentual verse attained its greatest exposure in 1921.

Robert J. Brophy: Professor Emeritus at California State University, Long Beach. Author of Robinson Jeffers: Myth, Ritual, and Symbol in His Narrative Poems. Editor of the Robinson Jeffers Newsletter. Senior editor, Jeffers Studies.

David Ross Brower (1912 – 2000): president of the Sierra Club; founder of Friends of the Earth; editor of Not Man Apart: Photographs of the Big Sur Coast.

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Isabel Call: Mother of Una Call Jeffers, the wife of Robinson Jeffers.

Una Call Jeffers (also Una Call Kuster; ~1884 – 1950): Wife of Robinson Jeffers and mother of Garth and Donnan Jeffers. Before she married Jeffers she was the wife of Attorney Edward G. "Ted" Kuster, designer, builder, and owner of the Golden Bough Playhouse in Carmel. She received an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

J. Bradford Campbell: Associate Chair, English, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Joseph Campbell (1904 – 1987): American mythologist, writer and lecturer, known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. Campbell lived in Pacific Grove for a year (1931–32), during which he was influenced by 'Doc' Ed Ricketts, befriended John Steinbeck, and discovered the poetry of Robinson Jeffers. Jeffers was at the height of his fame at the time, and was well known for one or two forays into mythology, most famously in Roan Stallion. Campbell and Jeffers also shared an interest in Oswald Spengler's Decline of the West.

Arthur B. Coffin (1929 – 2013): author of Robinson Jeffers: Poet of Inhumanism. Head, Department of English, Montana State University. [Obituary]

Brett Daniel Colasacco: Junior Fellow, Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago.

Temple Cone: poet and assistant professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy. Contributor to the Humanist.

Jackson Crawford: lecturer, Department of Scandinavian, U.C. Berkeley. [CV]

John Cusatis: former executive director of the Robinson Jeffers Association; instructor, Charleston County School of the Arts; performing musician.

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Jaime de Angulo (1887 – 1950): Spanish-Parisian novelist, linguist, ethnomusicologist, and Bohemian who spent time in Berkeley, Carmel, and Big Sur.

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William Everson (alias Brother Antoninus, 1912 – 1994): poet, critic, master printer, and professed disciple of Robinson Jeffers.

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Deborah D. Fleming: professor of English at Ashland University, Ashland OH; author of Towers of Myth and Stone: Yeats' Influence on Robinson Jeffers (2015).

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Geneva M. Gano: president (2015 – 2017), Robinson Jeffers Association; assistant professor, Texas State University.

Albert Gelpi: professor emeritus at Stanford University; editor of The Wild God of the World: An Anthology of Robinson Jeffers. Jeffers Studies advisory board.

Henry Edmund Gilpin III served as a pilot in World War II and also as a Monterey County sheriff's deputy for 25 years. He was also a photographer, and taught courses in photography at Monterey Peninsula College and the University of California at Santa Cruz Extension. Obituary

Edith Greenan: second wife of Edward Kuster; author of Of Una Jeffers: A Discovered Memoir.

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Thomas Hardy: English realist and naturalist novelist and poet whom Robinson and Una Jeffers regarded highly. The Jeffers' desire to move to Dorset may have been inspired by Hardy.

George Hart: professor of English at California State University, Long Beach; author of Inventing the Language to Tell It: Robinson Jeffers and the Biology of Consciousness (2013).

Robert Hass: poet and native Sanfranciscan; editor of Rock and Hawk: a Selection of Shorter Poems by Robinson Jeffers (1987); advisor to Jeffers Studies. U.S. poet laureate, 1995 – 1997. Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Una Jeffers Hornscheid: daughter of Donnan Jeffers and the granddaughter immortalized in the Jeffers poem "Granddaughter" and the portrait discussed by the poem.

Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967): "jazz poet," Black-American by birth and orientation; a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. A populist and a notable socialist with communist sympathies (but no party affiliation). Lived in Carmel briefly with the support of Noel Sullivan. A friend of Sullivan and Robin and Una Jeffers. Attended John Reed meeting(s) in Carmel, as did the Jefferses.

Boon Hughey: Central Coast nature enthusiast, former director of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance; co-author of Jeffers Country Revisted: Beauty without Price.

Tim Hunt: Editor of the Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers. Author of Kerouac’s Crooked Road: Development of a Fiction. Hunt’s poetry has been widely published in magazines, and he has published the chapbook Lake County Diamond. Author of numerous articles on Robinson Jeffers, including Robinson Jeffers: The Modern Poet as Anti-Modernist. Hunt has been awarded the Chester H. Jones Prize for the poem “Lake County Elegy.”  Fault Lines is his first full-length collection. Fourth generation California native. Born in Calistoga; raised primarily in Sebastapol. President of the Robinson Jeffers Association (1993 – 1995). Also a student of the Beat Generation, particularly Kerouac.

Vince Huth: president of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation. Husband of the late Ripple Huth, Tor House docent and docent trainer.

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Annie Jeffers (1860 – 1921): Mother of Robinson Jeffers. Born Annie Robinson Tuttle in Chicago, IL. Died in Pasadena, CA.

Donnan Call Jeffers was, along with his brother Garth, one of the twin sons of Robinson and Una Jeffers. Donnan completed the East Wing of Tor House after illness and age made it difficult for his father to continue his stone work. Donnan also added height to the west wall of the property and wrote a pair of books about Tor House. In his youth, Donnan created a Cypress maze north of Tor House. He lived most of his life at Tor House, and spent his senior years there with his Wife Lee and children.

Garth Sherwood Jeffers was, along with his brother Donnan, one of the twin sons of Robinson and Una Jeffers.

Hamilton Moore Jeffers (13 October 1893 – 28 May 1978) was the brother of Robinson Jeffers and a noted astronomer who worked at Lick Observatory above San José, CA.

Lindsay Jeffers: son of Donnan and Lee Jeffers. Caretaker of Robinson Jeffers literary properties; trustee of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation.

Dr. William Hamilton Jeffers (9 Nov 1838 – 20 Dec, 1914): the father of Robinson Jeffers, a bible scholar, and a Presbyterian minister. Married Annie Robinson Tuttle and had two sons.

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Robert Kafka: Independent Researcher. Managing editor of Jeffers Studies. Trustee of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation.

James Karman: Editor of the Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers and Critical Essays on Robinson Jeffers (1990). Author of Robinson Jeffers: Poet of California. Trustee of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation.

Tom Killion: Japanese woocut artist; author of California's Wild Edge: the Coast in Poetry, Prints, and History.

Edward "Teddy" Kuster: Una Call's first husband (before Robinson Jeffers). Attorney, musician, actor.

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Horace Lyon: co-author (with Robinson Jeffers) of Jeffers Country: The Seed Plots of Robinson Jeffers’ Poetry.

Mabel Dodge Luhan (26 February, 1879 – 13 August, 1962) was an heiress who operated a bohemian mansion at the foot of Taos Mountain, New Mexico. She invited many cultural luminaries to visit her home. Among her guests were DH Lawrence, Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz, and Georgia O’Keeffe.

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Mick McAllister: independent Jeffers scholar; creator of Dancing Badger, an online literary journal which features McAllister's Jeffers journal Alma Venus.

Robert Henry Maddock: a Monterey tombstone cutter who provided Robinson Jeffers with the carvings (or castings) of the gargoyles, the unicorn panel, and the hawk panel that would be built into the stonework of Hawk Tower.

George Moore (1852 – 1933) was an Irish novelist, short-story writer, poet, art critic, memoirist, and dramatist. He is viewed by many to have been the first great Irish novelist.

Patrick D. Murphy (b. 1951): English professor, specializing in ecocriticism and the work of Gary Snyder. Professor Murphy studied Robinson Jeffers from 1985 to 1995 and authored a number of articles on Jeffers in that period.

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Friedrich W. Nietzsche: heavy influence on the thought of Robinson Jeffers, though Jeffers was not a disciple of Nietzsche in any sense of the word.

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Ron Olowin: professor of physics and astronomy at St. Mary's College of California; president of the Robinson Jeffers Association (2012 – 2014).

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Norris Pope: Director, Stanford University Press (1992 – 2000).

Lawrence Clark Powell: Author of Robinson Jeffers: The Man and His Work (1940).

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Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts: poet, vice president of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, and professor emeritus at Monterey Peninsula College.

James Rorty (1890 – 1973): American writer, columnist (Commentary, Harper's, The Nation), poet, socialist, and activist. Early advocate for Robinson Jeffers. Father of philosopher Richard Rorty.

David J. Rothman: Western State College of Colorado; poet; author of Robinson Jeffers, Translation, and the Return of Narrative. Former president of the Robinson Jeffers Association (2009 – 2011).

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Alan D. Soldofsky: Director of Creative Writing, Dept. of English and Comparative Literature, San Jose State University. Poet and author of several papers on Robinson Jeffers.

Dale Ann Stieber: Executive Director of the Robinson Jeffers Association; librarian and archivist at Occidental College.

George Sterling: California poet. Friend of Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, and Robinson Jeffers. Author of Robinson Jeffers: The Man and the Artist (1926).

Noel Sullivan: Carmel patron of the arts; friend and patron of Robinson Jeffers and Langston Hughes.

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ShaunAnne Tangney: professor of English, Minot State University, Minot, ND; editor of The Wild that Attracts Us: New Critical Essays on Robinson Jeffers (2015). Author of "The mould to break away from": an Ecofeminist Reading of "Roan Stallion."

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Alex A. Vardamis (10 Sep 1934 – 9 July 2014): Jeffers scholar. President of the Tor House Foundation (2000 – 2009) and the Robinson Jeffers Association (2000 – 2002?). Author of The Critical Reputation of Robinson Jeffers: A Bibliographical Study (1972).

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Edward Weston (24 Mar 1886 – 1 Jan 1958): Influential American photographer. Took iconic photographs of Robinson Jeffers for Time Magazine in 1932.

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William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1935): renowned Irish poet and dramatist. He is generally regarded as the greatest English language poet of his generation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923, while Jeffers was building Hawk Tower. Yeats had preceded Jeffers with his own tower project in 1917 when he purchased a 16th Century tower house, Thoor Ballylee, and proceeded to restore it.

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Robert Zaller (1940 – ): Professor of History, Drexel University. Author of The Cliffs of Solitude: A Reading of Robinson Jeffers (1983) and Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime (2012). Editor of Centennial Essays of Robinson Jeffers (1991). [Wikipedia]

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