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Published on: Tue, 02/14/2017
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Biography of David Jones by Thomas Dilworth:

David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet

Dr. Thomas Dilworth’s new book on celebrated poet-artist David Jones is being released to excellent international reviews and was selected as the BBC-4 Book of the Week.

As a poet, visual artist and essayist, David Jones is one of the great Modernists. The variety of his gifts reminds us of Blake – though he is a better poet and a greater all-round artist. Jones was an extraordinary engraver, painter and creator of painted inscriptions, but he also belongs in the first rank of twentieth-century poets.

Book Review:  “If you’re chasing major biographies this spring, the pickings are relatively slim. Still, in April [2017], Thomas Dilworth’s long-awaited account of the life and work of the modernist poet and artist David Jones will be published, some 30 years after it was first commissioned. Jones is not an easy subject. Shy and reclusive, he remains far less well known and celebrated than his greatest admirers (TS Eliot most famously, but also Kenneth Clark, Dylan Thomas and Igor Stravinsky). But perhaps the lavishly illustrated and wonderfully well written David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet (Cape) will go some way towards correcting this. Dilworth is that rare thing: a scholar who has the capacity for great clarity.”  - Rachel Cooke, The Guardian, 1 January 2017.


ISBN: 978-0-224-04460-8

Jonathan Cape, Vintage Books

20 Vauxhall Bridge Road

London SWIV 25A


Authors on David Jones:

"A writer of genius." – Igor Stravinsky

"I would like to have done anything as good as David Jones has done." – Dylan Thomas

"Of major importance...One of the most distinguished writers of my generation." – T. S. Eliot

"I admire his writing, as also his painting and drawing. I think he is a great poet, and I respond deeply to his work." – Henry Moore

"An extraordinary writer." – Seamus Heaney



Thomas Dilworth is the pre-eminent reader and interpreter of the work of David Jones and has published extensively on the subject. His books include The Shape of Meaning in the Poetry of David Jones, which won the British Council Prize in the Humanities, Reading David Jones, and David Jones in the Great War. He is the editor of Jones’s illustrated Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Jones’s Wedding Poems and Inner Necessities, and the Letters of David Jones to Desmond Chute.