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9781907587245

David Jones and the Great War

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  • ISBN13:

    9781907587245

  • ISBN10:

    1907587241

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-11-01
  • Publisher: Enitharmon Press

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Summary

The great modernist artist and poet David Jones grew up in Brockley, London. He finished art school in the summer of 1913, ready to pursue a career as an artist. But then Britain declared war on Germany, and Jones joined the army. He was sent to France in 1915, serving in the same regiment as Robert Graves; unlike him, however, he was a private, a rank he kept throughout the war. He fought in and survived the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele, experiencing the war of the common soldier – the camaraderie, the humour, the grief, and above all the senseless, mechanised brutality – all under the stress of years of relentless artillery fire. Now, thanks to Thomas Dilworth's painstaking research, including scores of personal interviews, Jones's story can be told in detail. Accompanying the text are photographs of Jones and his wartime sketches and writings, many previously unpublished, and seven fully rendered drawings not seen since the war. The quickly drawn pencil sketches of infantrymen, landscapes, ruined villages and still- lifes bring the story to life as works of documentary realism.

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