Wednesday, November 12, 2008
When the poet Robinson Jeffers died in Carmel in 1962, he was largely forgotten by the American public, according to scholar Robert Flagg. This soon changed. In 1965, the Sierra Club published a major book titled "Not Man Apart: Photographs of the Big Sur Coast," which included photography by Edward Weston, Ansel Adams and others, and lines by Jeffers, who spent his lifetime in Carmel meditating on nature and on what he believed was the decline of civilization. "Not Man Apart" was an important moment in the environmental movement and helped position Jeffers as California's greatest poet. (Photo:Robinson Jeffers, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, July 9, 1937. Considered in the public domain).