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Big Sur: The Making of a Prized California Landscape

Shelley Alden Brooks


Big Sur embodies much of what has defined California since the mid-twentieth century. A remote, inaccessible, and undeveloped pastoral landscape until 1937, Big Sur quickly became a cultural symbol of California and the West—and a home to the ultra-wealthy. This transformation was due in part to writers and artists such as Robinson Jeffers and Ansel Adams, who created an enduring mystique for this coastline. But Big Sur’s prized coastline is also the product of the pioneering efforts of residents and Monterey County officials, who forged a collaborative public/private preservation model for Bi ... More

Keywords: Big Sur, California, West, coastline, preservation, landscape, wild, iconic, Robinson Jeffers, Ansel Adams

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520294417
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520294417.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shelley Alden Brooks, author
University of California, Davis