[David Jones's The Grail Mass and Other Works] EBOOK / KINDLE


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David Jones's The Grail Mass and Other WorksI read this reached the end went back to the beginning and reread it This is a publication by Modernist Archives The Editorial Statement Claims Bloomsbury editorial statement claims Bloomsbury Modernist archives series makes available to researchers at all levels historical archival material that can reconfigure received views of modernist literature and cultureThis book cost me over two hundred Australian dollars so I have to wonder what that and cultureThis book cost me Over Two Hundred Australian Dollars So I Have To Wonder two hundred Australian dollars so I have to wonder that all levels means The first uestion to address then is that if you re I read this reached the end went back to the beginning and reread it This is a publication by Modernist Archives The editorial statement claims Bloomsbury s Modernist archives series makes available to researchers at all levels historical archival material that can reconfigure received views of modernist literature and cultureThis book cost me over two hundred Australian dollars so I have to wonder what that at all levels means The first uestion to address then is that if you re not an institution and you save your pennies or cents to buy a copy is it worth it The answer in this particular instance is an unualified yesFirstly it s a well made book Nice binding boards good paper good font It sounds daft but there are familiar fragments in here and they are muchenjoyable to read on good white paper in a clean font than in the slightly slurred font on stale paper that is my paper back Faber copy of The Sleeping Lord and other fragments To save time hereafter TSLSecondly there is a lot of material here and some of it is in the not seen before category The Grail Mass is reconstructed as a coherent seuence poem from Jones s manuscripts into approximately 126 pages of text Some of this ha. Drawing on new archival discoveries this book presents an authoritative reconstruction of David Jones s The Grail Massthe unfinished and unpublished project from which came both his masterpiece The Anathemata a work described by WH Auden as one of the most important poems of our. .
S appeared before as published fragments some was integrated into The Anathemata but the presentation of the whole realigns the fragments More on this later There are two further sections of writing one called A True Fragment An Extraction And A Variation And an Extraction and A Variation and other Origins and Endings In total something like 200 pages of Jones s writing There s also a critical apparatus detailing how the text was put together from manuscripts how the versions There s also a critical apparatus detailing how the text was put together from manuscripts how the versions differ from other printed versions and a guide of sorts to The Grail Mass My previous experience of critical writing on David Jones lead me to ignore all this the first time through This was probably unfair Without the painstaking work of the editors I wouldn t be reading the book but Jones tends to exceed his exegetes farthoroughly than most writersHowever uite unintentionally the Guide to the Grail Mass does raise one of the defining problems of reading David Jones The editors identify the speakers in the first three segments It s hardly earth shatteringBut the effect of this simple piece of information on rereading the poems is like walking through an opened door into a realigned landscape The uestion which I have no answer to is given that the dramatic monologue is the basic form of several of these pieces what did Jones gain by not indicating who is speaking so the reader was orientated from the start The next uestion Given that Jones himself was unsatisfied with the project and didn t feel it was ready for publication does rifling through his files and reconstructing it do his memory justice And again the answer has to be yes The editors claim that It is our contention that the parts forming the Grail Ma. Times and The Sleeping Lord and other fragments his final collection With detailed commentary on the development and reconstruction of the text this edition provides a full picture of Jones s literary endeavours over the second half of his life and further establishes his statu.