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A 1933 Edward Weston Photo of Jeffers from the Oxy Jeffers Collection
Jeffers At Occidental College
"O that our souls could scale a
height like this,
- Jeffers, "A Hill-Top View" 1904, One of his first poems, printed in Oxy's student newspaper
Occidental College has a fine collection of Jeffers letters, manuscripts, books and pictures.
This website is a virtual gallery of Jeffers work and other rare items from the collection.
The years that Jeffers spent at Occidental College were an important stage in his development as a poet. He published many early poems in the school newspaper, then called The Aurora, which later changed it's name to The Occidental the subsequent year. In 1955 Jeffers wrote a letter about his literary experiences a Oxy to a group of Occidental students that were founding a now defunct arts and literary magazine called Focus at the college:
I first went to Occidental College...there was a
literary magazine...called the "Aurora," and I
remember thinking it odd that Occidental- the west,
the setting sun- should be represented by a magazine
called Aurora, the dawn. At least it gave us a wide
range, the whole daylight sky.
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Special thanks to Mr. Lindsay Jeffers and Jeffers Literary Properties for permission to display Jeffers' poetry and/or excerpts. For inquiries concerning publication rights contact Ariane de Pree, Contract & Rights Manager, Stanford University Press, 1450 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1124.
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