New York: Random House, 1933.
8vo, 199 pp. Brown cloth gilt lettering to upper cover and backstrip, backstrip faded. Lacking dust jacket.
§ First edition, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper: "James Rorty, from his friend Robinson Jeffers. Tor House, Carmel, California. October, 1933." The poet and critic James Rorty played an important role in Jeffers' achieving recognition as a poet. "...James Rorty brought [Tamar and Other Poems, 1924, Jeffers' third book] to the attention of Mark Van Doren. Enthusiastic reviews by Rorty, Van Doren, and others appeared. A demand sprang up; Jeffers returned the 450 unsold copies to the printer [in New York], who sold out the edition. Tamar is the first of the author's major works, and was instrumental in establishing him as one of the country's foremost poets...Give Your Heart to the Hawks is located in a place in time that was vanishing as it was written, as Highway One was being constructed at the time. Big Sur had been opened up to easy access from the north in 1932, and the remainder of the project would be completed in 1937, four years after the publication of this poem. At the same time, “Jeffers Country” was growing. Give Your Heart enjoyed the distinction of extending that semi-fictional land south of the town of Big Sur." The Inhumanist. Broomfield A16a. Item #124788