Fall 1946 • Vol. VIII No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1946 |

The Hellenism of Robinson Jeffers

Medea: Freely Adapted From The Medea of Euripides. By Robinson Jeffers. Random House. $2.50 Pist.   Ile see her damn'd first: to Pluto's damn'd Lake, to the Infernall Deepe,     with Erebus and Tortures vile also. Hold Hooke and Line, say I:     Downe: downe Dogges, downe Fates: haue wee not Hiren here? Host:  Good Captaine Peesel be quiet, it is very late: I beseeke you now,     aggrauate your Choler. Few of the legends of prehistoric Greece are as suited to the peculiar genius of Mr. Robinson Jeffers as is the myth of Jason and Medea. True, the element of incest is lacking; but this deficiency is supplied by a nightmare richness of violence. The barbaric Princess of Colchis at the world's end, after betraying her father and assassinating her brother in order to help Jason get home with the Golden Fleece, is in her turn abandoned by her radiant Hero. In revenge she horribly disposes of his new wife and royal father-in-law, and then, to leave

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