New York: Random House, (1941). First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 166 pp., signed by Robinson Jeffers. Near fine / good. Item #19031219
American poet John Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) remains highly regarded today on many levels, including as a poet who was an icon of the environmental movement. Born in Pennsylvania, he attended USC and spent most of his adult life in Carmel, California where he himself built the home he and his family lived in, Tor House, close to the sea, which had an immense influence on his work.
He was a prolific writer of the twentieth century; his bleak and uncompromising style of poetry was formed through his philosophy of "inhumanism", which focused on a rejection of emotion and man, in favour of nature and other creatures in the universe.
"Be Angry at the Sun" is a collection of poems of varying length, including the long narrative poem "Mara", wherein the protagonist, Bruce Ferguson, "searches for the brutal truth: '....I wish to God I had some religion.' ....And thought, 'not if it's lies or delusion, like all of them'..." (n.b., quotes from the University of Pittsburgh Press, "Robinson Jeffers, A Study in Inhumanism")
___DESCRIPTION: Full black cloth, gilt lettering and publisher's device on the front board, gilt lettering on the spine, top edge stained light brown, title page in red and black; octavo size (9.25" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-x] [1-2] 3-156, signed by Robinson Jeffers in black ink on the front free endpaper. There are two pencil corrected typos on pages 78 and 150, which may have been made by the author, but we have no way of knowing for sure. Bookseller's ticket on the rear paste-down endpaper, "The Village Bookshop / Carmel, Calif." In a cream paper dust jacket with red and black lettering on the front panel, black lettering on the spine, a list of other books by the publisher on the rear panel, a description of the book on the front flap, and an advertisement for the publisher on the rear flap; the dust jacket is unclipped with the original price of $2.50 on the front flap.
____CONDITION: A copy which is just about fine; the covers clean, the corners straight, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; two pencil corrections on pages 78 and 150, as noted above, and the barest hint of rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, and the bottom edges of the boards and corners, light toning to the endpapers. The dust jacket is good only, unclipped, with light soiling, sunning to the spine and top edge, overall edge wear, with chipping to the top edge and to the head and tail of the spine, and a few closed tears along the edges of the spine, which is starting to detach at the bottom half.
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