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Epoch and Artist

Epoch and Artist

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ISBN
9780571339501
Published
27/04/2017
9780571339501
Format
Paperback
Price
£18.99
Paperback
320

About the Book

This collection of occasional writing 'reveals a consistency, a subtlety, a creativeness springing from tradition . . . For David Jones every sentence is wrought with artistry; and as compared with the arid conceptual approach of so much academic criticism, his imaginative testing and touching of every theme is nothing less than life-giving.’ Kathleen Raine, New Statesman

Written between the late 1930s and the late 1950s, Epoch and Artist represents those essays that David Jones wished to see preserved in his lifetime. Beginning with his most personal reflections upon Welsh culture, the selection turns next to Jones’s thoughts on the position of art and the artist in the twentieth century, concluding with writings on the nature of epoch and European culture and history. As ‘unclassifiable’ as his other writings, the volume encompasses a mixture of styles and modes – from prose-essays and reviews, to radio broadcasts and letters to periodicals – where each item has been carefully revised by the author.

This collection of occasional writing 'reveals a consistency, a subtlety, a creativeness springing from tradition . . . For David Jones every sentence is wrought with artistry; and as compared with the arid conceptual approach of so much academic criticism, his imaginative testing and touching of every theme is nothing less than life-giving.’ Kathleen Raine, New StatesmanWritten between the late 1930s and the late 1950s, Epoch and Artist represents those essays that David Jones wished to see preserved in his lifetime. Beginning with his most personal reflections upon Welsh culture, the selection turns next to Jones’s thoughts on the position of art and the artist in the twentieth century, concluding with writings on the nature of epoch and European culture and history. As ‘unclassifiable’ as his other writings, the volume encompasses a mixture of styles and modes – from prose-essays and reviews, to radio broadcasts and letters to periodicals – where each item has been carefully revised by the author.
  • David Jones

    David Jones (1895-1974) was born in Kent. In 1915, then an art student, he went to war with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, where he fought in the battles of the Somme and Ypres. In 1922 he began a long association with the artist Eric Gill. In Parenthesis, based on Jones's experiences in World War I, was published in 1937, followed in 1952 by The Anathémata and The Sleeping Lord in 1974. David Jones's works are exhibited at the Tate Museum and the National Museum of Wales.

“Like Thoreau, Melville and Hopkins, [David Jones] was one of literature’s saints who speak with an authority that comes more from religion than from the world of letters.”
- Stephen Spender
“The most important native British poet of the twentieth century.”
- Thomas Dilworth

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The Anathemata

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Poetry In Parenthesis

In Parenthesis

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Dai Greatcoat

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