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The precipitous cliffs, rolling headlands, and rocky inlets of the Big Sur coast of California were alive for Robinson Jeffers, and throughout his long career as a poet, he extolled their wild beauty. His vivid descriptions inspired the best work of other artists who lived nearby, including such noted photographers as Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and their younger contemporary Morley Baer.

Before he died in 1995, Baer was planning a volume that would bring together a group of his landscape photographs of the Big Sur area with a selection of poems that expressed Jeffers’ s mystical experience of stone. Jeffers believed that stone is alive, perhaps even conscious in some way. Baer wanted to create a visual and literary meditation on the life-experience of stone. James Karman was invited by Baer to serve as his collaborator, and has brought the project to completion— more than 50 of Baer’ s photographs paired with poems by Jeffers (some complete, others excerpted).

Stones of the Sur is in five parts, each of which takes its title from a poem. Part I, “ Tor House, ” contains photographs and poems about Jeffers’ s home, ever the locus of his inspiration. Part II, “ Continent’ s End, ” begins with a panoramic view of the coastline and is followed by visual and textual images that become progressively narrower in scope as Baer and Jeffers focus on the mountains, cliffs, beaches, boulders, rocks, and pebbles of the Big Sur.

The inward progression continues in Part III, “ Oh Lovely Rock, ” where Baer trains his lens on close surfaces— revealing his sensibilities at their most abstract. From the middle of PartIII on, the spiral is reversed and the view begins to open. Part IV, “ Credo, ” expands outwardly from the pebbles and rocks of the Big Sur back to the beaches, cliffs, and mountains. Part V, “ The Old Stone-Mason, ” concludes the book with a return to Tor House.

Book News Annotation:

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)

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

The precipitous cliffs, rolling headlands, and rocky inlets of the Big Sur coast of California were alive for Robinson Jeffers, and throughout his long career as a poet, he extolled their wild beauty. His vivid descriptions inspired the best work of other artists who lived nearby, including such noted photographers as Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and their younger contemporary Morley Baer.

Before he died in 1995, Baer was planning a volume that would bring together a group of his landscape photographs of the Big Sur area with a selection of poems that expressed Jefferss mystical experience of stone. Jeffers believed that stone is alive, perhaps even conscious in some way. Baer wanted to create a visual and literary meditation on the life-experience of stone. James Karman was invited by Baer to serve as his collaborator, and has brought the project to completion&#8212;more than 50 of Baers photographs paired with poems by Jeffers (some complete, others excerpted).

Stones of the Sur is in five parts, each of which takes its title from a poem. Part I, “Tor House,” contains photographs and poems about Jefferss home, ever the locus of his inspiration. Part II, “Continents End,” begins with a panoramic view of the coastline and is followed by visual and textual images that become progressively narrower in scope as Baer and Jeffers focus on the mountains, cliffs, beaches, boulders, rocks, and pebbles of the Big Sur.

The inward progression continues in Part III, “Oh Lovely Rock,” where Baer trains his lens on close surfaces&#8212;revealing his sensibilities at their most abstract. From the middle of Part III on, the spiral is reversed and the view begins to open. Part IV, “Credo,” expands outwardly from the pebbles and rocks of the Big Sur back to the beaches, cliffs, and mountains. Part V, “The Old Stone-Mason,” concludes the book with a return to Tor House.

Synopsis:

“An elegant coda to the remarkable series, with more than 50 stunning photographs.”&#8212;San Francisco Chronicle

"A master in his field. . . . [Baer's work] has the aura of excellence and his craft is above reproach."&#8212;Ansel Adams on Morley Baer

About the Author

In addition to his own many books, Morley Baer contributed to a publication sponsored by the Sierra Club and guided by Ansel Adams: Not Man Apart, which combined lines from Jeffers's poetry with photographs of the Big Sur coast by Adams, Weston, Eliot Porter, and others. James Karman is Professor of English and Coordinator of the Humanities Program at California State University, Chico. He is the author of Robinson Jeffers: Poet of California and the editor of Critical Essays on Robinson Jeffers and Of Una Jeffers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804739429
Selected:
Baer, Morley
Author:
Karman, James
Author:
Jeffers, Robinson
Author:
Baer, Morley
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Location:
Stanford, Calif.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Pictorial works
Subject:
Photo Essays
Subject:
Big Sur (Calif.)
Subject:
Big Sur
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Photoessays & Documentaries
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
no. 106-269
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
11 x 9.75 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
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.
"Synopsis" by ,
The precipitous cliffs, rolling headlands, and rocky inlets of the Big Sur coast of California were alive for Robinson Jeffers, and throughout his long career as a poet, he extolled their wild beauty. His vivid descriptions inspired the best work of other artists who lived nearby, including such noted photographers as Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and their younger contemporary Morley Baer.

Before he died in 1995, Baer was planning a volume that would bring together a group of his landscape photographs of the Big Sur area with a selection of poems that expressed Jefferss mystical experience of stone. Jeffers believed that stone is alive, perhaps even conscious in some way. Baer wanted to create a visual and literary meditation on the life-experience of stone. James Karman was invited by Baer to serve as his collaborator, and has brought the project to completion&#8212;more than 50 of Baers photographs paired with poems by Jeffers (some complete, others excerpted).

Stones of the Sur is in five parts, each of which takes its title from a poem. Part I, “Tor House,” contains photographs and poems about Jefferss home, ever the locus of his inspiration. Part II, “Continents End,” begins with a panoramic view of the coastline and is followed by visual and textual images that become progressively narrower in scope as Baer and Jeffers focus on the mountains, cliffs, beaches, boulders, rocks, and pebbles of the Big Sur.

The inward progression continues in Part III, “Oh Lovely Rock,” where Baer trains his lens on close surfaces&#8212;revealing his sensibilities at their most abstract. From the middle of Part III on, the spiral is reversed and the view begins to open. Part IV, “Credo,” expands outwardly from the pebbles and rocks of the Big Sur back to the beaches, cliffs, and mountains. Part V, “The Old Stone-Mason,” concludes the book with a return to Tor House.

"Synopsis" by ,
“An elegant coda to the remarkable series, with more than 50 stunning photographs.”&#8212;San Francisco Chronicle

"A master in his field. . . . [Baer's work] has the aura of excellence and his craft is above reproach."&#8212;Ansel Adams on Morley Baer

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