Epoch and Artist Book David Jones
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.
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.Soft cover