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Backgrounds to David Jones A Study in Sources and Drafts by Jonathan Miles

Backgrounds to David Jones A Study in Sources and Drafts


Backgrounds to David Jones A Study in Sources and Drafts by Jonathan Miles

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 It also considers a large number of unpublished drafts and letters and includes a long passage from In Parenthesis that was eventually deleted by the poet.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.


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

About the Author

Dr Jonathan Miles was awarded a first class degree by University of London and went on to get his Doctorate from Jesus College, University of Oxford. He has taught or lectured in New Zealand, UK, the US, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Russia.

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Publication date

28th March 1990


Jonathan Miles

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University of Wales Press


244 pages


Literary studies: poetry & poets
Literary studies: from c 1900 -



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