Books: Words Gone to War

IN PARENTHESIS (224 pp. & notes)—David Jones—Chilmark Press ($5.75).

Britain's David Jones is a painter by inclination, but twice in his long life he has taken time out to write a book. In both cases, the books were highly unorthodox and highly acclaimed in esoteric circles. W. H. Auden called Anathemata (1952) "the best poem written since the war." T. S. Eliot has called In Parenthesis "a work of genius." Jarred Image. Jones claims that he was exasperated into writing In Parenthesis by the failure of other writers to describe adequately World War I's battle of the trenches as Jones had experienced...

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