Be Angry at the Sun (1941)

The middle-length narrative Mara is a well-crafted, powerful, and empathetic piece. Of all Jeffers’ narrative works, Mara has got to be one of the most compelling. The remainder of this volume seems, frankly, quite dreary and uninspired, as it shows Jeffers sinking into the mire of political posturing. The following volume, The Double Axe (1948), would suffer from the same hang-up, though it would show several points of dark light.