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The first full biography of a neglected genius and one of the great Modernists, lavishly illustrated in colour throughout

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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, 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, the Letters of David Jones to Desmond Chute.

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A gorgeous addition to the growing interest in David Jones, lavishly illustrated with his dreamy engravings and watercolours... Dilworth's meticulous, richly detailed biography is the perfect introduction to a notoriously difficult poet and a painter with a lightness of touch to stand beside Marc Chagall and Raoul Dufy. -- Claire Lowdon * Sunday Times, 2017 Books of the Year *
Pretty well the perfect biography. It does justice to an artist who has been quite unaccountably overlooked by posterity; perhaps being a genius in several modes - painting, engraving, poetry - confuses critics... A wonderful life. -- Melanie McDonagh * Evening Standard, Books of the Year *
It is lavishly illustrated and wonderfully well written. * Observer, 2017 Books of the Year *
Thomas Dilworth, the leading scholar of Jones's work, has already devoted several books to re-establishing his genius. Now, David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet - a biography 30 years in the making - offers the fullest portrait we are ever likely to have. Thanks to Dilworth's fastidious attention to detail (a quality he shares with his subject), it is an enormously absorbing read, full of the curious life of the imagination and the colour-tinting of anecdote. -- Jeremy Noel-Tod * Daily Telegraph *
This biography is a landmark. It would be good if it stirred an interest not only in Jones as an artist and poet, but in the questions he faced about modernity: what happens to art in a culture where each thing is no more than itself, or its market price? -- Rowan Williams * New Statesman *

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