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Jeffers, Robinsonlocked

(10 January 1887–20 January 1962)
  • Arthur B. Coffin


Jeffers, Robinson (10 January 1887–20 January 1962), poet, was born John Robinson Jeffers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of the Reverend Dr. William Hamilton Jeffers and Annie Robinson Tuttle. A professor of Old Testament literature and exegesis and a reserved, reclusive person, Dr. Jeffers initiated his son’s education at home by tutoring him in Greek, Latin, and Presbyterian doctrine. The Jeffers family traveled frequently to Europe, where Robinson attended boarding schools in Leipzig, Vevey, Lausanne, Geneva, and Zurich. In 1902 Robinson Jeffers entered the University of Western Pennsylvania (now the University of Pittsburgh) as a sophomore, with a mastery of French, German, Greek, and Latin. When the family moved to Los Angeles the next year, Jeffers matriculated as a junior at Occidental College, from which he was graduated in 1905. Jeffers immediately entered graduate school as a student of literature at the University of Southern California. In the spring of 1906 he was back in Switzerland at the University of Zurich, taking courses in philosophy and literature. Returning to USC in September 1907, he was admitted to the medical school, but in 1910, without completing his academic program at USC, Jeffers entered the University of Washington to study forestry for a year....

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