2008. First edition. The Jeffers caricature by artist John Sherffius used on the covers of the "Big Read" teacher's and reader's guides published in 2008 by the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C. The print is 8.5 x 11" with illustration showing a smiling Jeffers writing on a paper tablet while perched atop ocean-side granite boulders with Hawk Tower and Tor House behind him. Presentation copy of the "original" illustration done by the artist at Allen Mears' request, INSCRIBED, "To Allen. / You meet the nicest / people in this business! / Best wishes. / John Sherffius / 11/18/08" (the inscription mirrors sentiments Mears and Sherffius had expressed to each other in emails). According to Sherffius, the illustration was partially created on a computer; so there is no one copy that can be considered the original. "The Big Read" -- a nationwide event celebrating authors and their works -- was first held in 2006. In 2007, the NEA partnered with the Poetry Foundation to create a new component of "The Big Read" called "American Literary Landmarks," celebrating American poets and historic poetry sites. The first three landmarks celebrated were Robinson Jeffers’ Tor House, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, and the Emily Dickinson Museum. The "Reader's Guide" includes Dana Gioia's "Introduction to Jeffers's Poetry," his biography of the poet, James Karman's essay "Jeffers and California," and Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts' "Tor House and Hawk Tower." The "Teacher's Guide" also includes an outline for 10 lessons to be taught. There are three handouts: "Jeffers' Inhumanism"; "Jeffers and the Central California Coast"; and "Rock and Hawk," all by Jim Karman. (Included in this total package are emails and other correspondence between Mears and Karman.) The packet also has some of the email correspondence with the illustrator, John Sherffius, downloads from the Big Read website and a copy of the Jeffers "Big Read" in the Carmel area that was co-sponsored by the Tor House Foundation.