"The lost modernist, David Jones, a man whose allusive obscurity won him fans like Eliot and Auden."
About the Author
David Jones (1895-1974) was born in Kent to an English mother and Welsh father. He is equally renowned as a poet and an artist. His first poem was "In Parenthesis" (1937), an epic based on his experience in the first world war trenches. He then wrote "The Anathemata" (1952), a symbolic anatomy of western culture, which W.H. Auden regarded as the best long poem in English of the twentieth century. After its publication T.S. Eliot - who had called "In Parenthesis ""a work of genius" - included Jones in the exclusive company of great literary modernists consisting of himself, Pound and Joyce.