T.H. Jones

Poet of Exile

Peter Bernard Jones and Don Dale-Jones

Peter Bernard Jones and Don Dale-Jones

Distributed for University of Wales Press

336 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2001
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9780708317075 Published September 2001 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
T.H. Jones (1921-1965) achieved little recognition in Wales or Britain during his lifetime.  After publishing his first volume of poetry in 1957, he emigrated to Australia, where his career as a poet and lecturer came to a sadly premature end when he was accidentally drowned.
 
T.H. Jones: Poet of Exile is the first literary biography of an undervalued writer who, the authors suggest, should be thought of as one of the defining poets of mid-twentieth-century Welsh culture, alongside Dylan Thomas and R.S. Thomas.  This perceptive study locates Jones in his social and cultural contexts and demonstrates his considerable achievement as a transitional figure in the development of 'Anglo-Welsh' poetry.
 
The authors draw extensively on unpublished sources, such as Jones's extraordinary hand-written 'Black Book' which contains nearly all his poems in chronological order, and on interviews with those closest to Jones.  It is a valuable record of a writer important both because of the poetry he wrote and because of what his life has so powerfully to reveal to us about his culture, his period and his place.
Contents
Preface
Prologue: Precedents in Unlikely Places
 
1  1921-1933: Childhood - Some Frosty Farmers Fathered Me to Fare
2  Fictions of Childhood
3  1933-1939: Spa of No Renown
4  1939-1946: The Lecherous and Griefless Sea
5  1946-1951: Post-war Blues and Critical Encounters
6  1951-1959: The Serpent in the Suburban Garden
7  1959-1962: Taffy was Transported
8  1963-1965: The Last Days - A Small Vision of Hell
 
Epilogue, 1966-2000: It was Always the Colour of the Cockcrow
 
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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