David Jones by Thomas Dilworth
Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet

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Thirty years later, Dilworth still feels the need to begin his biography with Eliot, Auden and Heaney’s proclamations of Jones’s genius. If it doesn’t work this time, he might well remain the lost great modernist for ever.
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Among the revolutions of the last century, none was more important or potentially more lasting than the one in the arts called “Modernism”. Among the giants of that movement were writers who changed our conceptions of poetry and prose forever. Now, well into the new century, we can look back to admire and reflect on figures from that period. Last year saw biographies of two monumental poets of Modernism: Robert Crawford’s first volume on T. S. Eliot, and David Moody’s concluding third volume on the life of Ezra Pound.

We are excited to announce the first full-length critical biography of the third member, too often overlooked, of that extraordinary group. The beautifully illustrated David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet by Thomas Dilworth will stand for generations as the great biography this wonderful artist deserves.

Jones (1895-1974) was a painter, a wood- and copper-engraver and maker of painted inscriptions, but it was as a poet that he left his most lasting mark. Eliot called him “one of the most distinguished writers of my generation” and Dylan Thomas said he “would like to have done anything as good as David Jones has done.” Auden praised his poem In Parenthesis as “the greatest book [ever] about the Great War”, and The Anathemata as one of the “truly great poems in Western Literature.” His work, the whole of it, enables him to stand alongside Eliot, Pound, and James Joyce as an incomparable figure in literary Modernism.
 

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Thomas Dilworth is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Windsor, Canada and specializes in modern British and Irish literature. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He knew David Jones personally along with Jones’s closest friends, and spent thirty years researching and writing Jones’s biography. He is the world’s leading authority on David Jones, has edited and published several academic editions of and books on Jones’ work.
 
Published April 15, 2017 by Counterpoint. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Rachel Cooke on Apr 11 2017

Jones’s biographer, Thomas Dilworth, has devoted 30 years to writing his book. Whether he will ever produce another major life, I don’t know. But if we’re talking about quiddity, his labours have not been in vain.

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Reviewed by Chris Power on Mar 29 2017

Thirty years later, Dilworth still feels the need to begin his biography with Eliot, Auden and Heaney’s proclamations of Jones’s genius. If it doesn’t work this time, he might well remain the lost great modernist for ever.

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