Backgrounds to David Jones

A Study in Sources And Drafts

Jonathan Miles

Backgrounds to David Jones

Jonathan Miles

Distributed for University of Wales Press

232 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 1990
Cloth $50.95 ISBN: 9780708310519 Published March 1990 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
This is the first book to make extensive use of David Jones’s drafts of poems and essays, his letters, and his own annotations to the books in his library. It takes into account all Jones’s published poetry and offers a thematic treatment of his ideas and work. This book considers the philosophical and intellectual backgrounds and the historical sources that lie behind David Jones’s poetry.
By consulting the texts that Jones drew on either directly or indirectly in the creation of his poetry, the author has attempted to prepare the ground for a sympathetic understanding of all Jones’s work. The present volume makes extensive use of the books which Jones possessed and annotated. It also considers a large number of unpublished drafts and letters and includes a long passage from In Parenthesis that was eventually deleted by the poet. The book discusses all Jones’s published work and considers the major themes and preoccupations that absorbed him.
List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
Author’s note
I     The Making of a Work of Art
II    Eric Gill
III   Oswald Spengler
IV   History, Myth and the Form of the Writing
V    King Arthur and the Somme
VI   Geology and Orography
VII  Prehistory
VIII Christian Counterparts to Classical Figures
        And one example of this relationship developed through successive drafts
IX    Rome
X     Wales and the Celts
Review Quotes
The Modern Language Review

“It is a pleasure to welcome this short, distinctive book, which is more interesting than its title suggests . . . He puts Jones into a bigger context and a better perspective than most, and sees the achievement clearly . . . This small book reads well: it is well produced . . . and well documented. I recommend it thoroughly to anyone interested in Jones.” The Modern Language Review

Poetry Listing

“If Jones’ work matters to you, this book will be a great pleasure and enlightenment.” –Poetry Listing

“ . . . a very useful piece of research, well conceived and presented.” –Planet
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