The Beginning and the End and Other Poems
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Random House
Date Published: 1963
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 37399
74pp. Octavo [21 cm] Dark blue cloth covered boards with the title and publisher's device stamped in gilt on the spine. Publisher's red top stain. Orange endpapers. Very good. The spine ends and corners of the covers are bumped, and there are numerous faint splash stains on the top edge of the text block. The front free endsheet has a previous owner's notations. There is a thin, 3" tall moisture stain in the fore edge margin of the front flyleaf, and a couple of pages at the rear have minor moisture stains in the fore edges as well. In a very good dust jacket. Mildly age-toned, rubbed and chipped. Also very subtly moisture stained. There is a tiny notation in pen on the front panel, and there is a small open tear in the surface of the rear panel. Price-clipped.
These forty-eight poems represent the last works of Robinson Jeffers, and were collected from hand-written manuscripts by his sons and secretary after his death in 1962. Jeffers' verse often celebrates the beauty of the Carmel/Big Sur region. Many of his poems praise the beauty of this setting, but also underline his belief that such greatness necessarily includes tragedy. It was Jeffers' belief that human beings had developed a self-centered view of the world, and felt strongly that they should learn to have greater respect for the rest of creation.