David Jones by Jonathan Miles
The Maker Unmade

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This massive and lavishly illustrated book is amajor critical study of David Jones, the great painter and poet. It introduces Jones's better known visual achievements and combines them with a vast amount of previously unpublished material--sketches, watercolors, carvings, engravings, inscriptions, and ephemera. The accompanying text places Jones not only in the context of 20th century British art but also in relation to continental movements. This comprehensive study covers all aspects of his visual work in the light of his experience as a soldier in the Great War, his conversion to Catholicism, and his Classical and Celtic researches, and places these against his growing cultural disaffection and the submerged drama of his life.
 

About Jonathan Miles

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JONATHAN MILES's first novel, Dear American Airlines, was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. A former columnist for the New York Times, he serves as a contributing editor to magazines as diverse as Field & Stream and Details, and writes regularly for the New York Times Book Review and The Literary Review (UK). A former longtime resident of Oxford, Mississippi, he currently lives with his family in rural New Jersey.
 
Published September 1, 2003 by Seren. 328 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Art scholars Miles and Shiel call him the ``odd man out''--a man of many styles in an era of abstraction, a religious artist in a century of increasing secularism, But they make a case for his importance, illustrated by works on range of themes, including dreamy landscapes painted in a time of co...

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A convert to Catholicism in 1921, English poet and artist David Jones (1895-1974) anchored his art in a religious worldview, yet his fitful embrace of modernism, Celtic mysticism and neo-Romantic symbolism made him unpredictable and difficult to classify.

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