David Jones

Diversity and Unity

Edited by Belinda Humfrey and Anne Price-Owen

Edited by Belinda Humfrey and Anne Price-Owen

Distributed for University of Wales Press

166 pages | 20 halftones | 9-3/10 x 6-1/5 | © 2000
Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9780708315644 Published March 2000 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

The literary and artistic work of David Jones (1895-1974) is characterized by its diversity and complexity, yet, at the same time, it demonstrates a powerful impulse towards unification. David Jones: Diversity in Unity demonstrates the coherence of Jones’s work and examines the artistic, psychological and moral impetus behind Jones’s quest for creative and spiritual integration.


This collection brings together literary critics, art historians, writers on philosophy and religion, poets and a calligrapher in an interdisciplinary approach which addresses Jones’s poetry, image-making, culture(s), geography, theology and philosophy. The various essays not only offer new readings of Jones’s published material, but some also examine unpublished letters and manuscripts in order to understand better the extremely varied range of Jones’s literary and artistic production.


David Jones: Diversity in Unity is the only book of critical studies to focus on the interaction of Jones’s verbal and visual art, while at the same time demonstrating the wider cultural significance of his work. The essays are of a high scholarly standard, but are at the same time accessible to the non-specialist and will appeal to readers interested in the literary and artistic history of twentieth-century England and Wales.

Western Mail

“. . . a rich collection of essays on various aspects of David Jones’s writing and painting.” –Western Mail

New Blackfriars

“. . . will be welcomed . . . This book is accessible enough for non-specialists too . . .” –New Blackfriars


List of Illustrations

Notes on Contributors


List of Abbreviations

Anne Price-Owen Introduction

Jeremy Hooker, David Jones and the Matter of Wales

William Blissett, The Scapebeast

Thomas Dilworth, David Jones and the Maritain Conversation

Ewan Clayton, The Inscriptions of David Jones

A. C. Everatt, Doing and Making

A. M. Allchin, On Not Knowing Welsh: David Jones and the Matter of Wales

Geraint Evans, Images of National Renewal in ‘The Sleeping Lord’

Anne Price-Owen, Feminist Principles in David Jones’s Art

Derek Shiel, David Jones: Making Space for the Warring Factions

Belinda Humfrey, David Jones and the Ancient Mariner: Diversity in Unity

Tom Goldpaugh, To Make a Shape in Words: The Labyrinthine Text of David Jones

R. S. Thomas, Time’s Disc Jockey


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