Henry Meade Williams Local History Lecture Series
Robinson & Una Jeffers – “Our Inevitable Place”


“When the stagecoach topped the hill,” Robinson Jeffers wrote in 1914, “and we looked down through pines and sea fogs on Carmel Bay, it was evident that we had come without knowing it to our inevitable place.”

That “inevitable place” and their life there will be the subject of a talk by Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts, Vice President of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation. Discover what fueled the timeless poetry of Robinson Jeffers and how his writing was reflective of the home he built, including the iconic forty-foot tall Hawk Tower.

During their near half-century living on Carmel Point, Robin and Una raised their twin sons, Donnan and Garth; Robin built, by himself, bringing the stones up from the beach below, a number of stone buildings, including the iconic forty-foot tall Hawk Tower; Una organized and directed both family life and Robin’s literary career; and Jeffers wrote the poems that made him a nationally and internationally known poet whose poems on human life on this planet are especially relevant today. In his talk, Ruchowitz-Roberts will touch on each aspect of the incredibly rich life Una and Robin fashioned in their “inevitable place.”

Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th and Mission, Carmel.  Questions? Call 831-624-2811.