David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet

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01Beginnings2017041020170411 (R4)

Thomas Dilworth's biography of the visual artist and poet, David Jones, illuminates the life and work of one of the great but lost Modernists. His epic war poem, In Parenthesis, based on his experiences in the trenches was heralded by WH Auden as' the greatest book about the First World War'. His paintings, the watercolours in particular, reveal an extraordinary talent, and his engravings and inscriptions were inventive and critically acclaimed. This biography not only examines his work, it also shines a light on his personal life, examining his Catholic faith, his deep interest in his Welsh roots, and also the psychological damage resulting from his experiences on the front during the Great War.

Thomas Dilworth is an authority on David Jones and his work, and has written extensively about him. Commissioned in 1987 David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter has been a labour of love for some thirty years.

Abridged by Sara Davies

Read by Nicholas Farrell

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Thomas Dilworth's illuminating biography of the overlooked Modernist artist and poet.

03The Art of Engraving2017041220170413 (R4)

Thomas Dilworth's biography of the visual artist and poet, David Jones, illuminates the life and work of a great but neglected Modernist. Today, an introduction to the artist Eric Gill leads to profound reflections on Roman Catholicism, a first encounter with the art of engraving, and romance.

Read by Nicholas Farrell

Abridged by Sara Davies

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Thomas Dilworth's biography of the modernist artist and poet turns to his engravings.

04Art, Poetry and Patronage2017041320170414 (R4)

Thomas Dilworth's biography of the visual artist and poet, David Jones, illuminates the life and work of a great but neglected Modernist. Today, difficult times lie ahead, but first the beginnings of an epic poem, an evolution in watercolours, and a new patron.

Read by Nicholas Farrell

Abridged by Sara Davies

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Thomas Dilworth's biography of the modernist artist and poet turns to poetry.

05In Parenthesis - The Epic War Poem2017041420170415 (R4)

Thomas Dilworth's biography of the visual artist and poet, David Jones, illuminates the life and work of a great but neglected Modernist. Today, the years spent in the First World War's trenches take their toll. The epic war poem, In Parenthesis reaches a conclusion, and we hear David Jones himself read an extract.

Read by Nicholas Farrell

Abridged by Sara Davies

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Thomas Dilworth's biography of the modernist artist and poet on writing an epic war poem.