Peter Washington

Empires of the Mind

David Jones: Writer and Artist

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UNLIKELY AS IT seems, senior Tories pondering the problem of how to revive their party’s fortunes in the great industrial cities and Celtic outlands could do worse than to read this book about the poet-painter David Jones. His story shows how one individual Briton in the twentieth century was able to re-imagine British history in ways which are culturally diverse and demotic, yet profoundly patriotic and conservative. How many radical artists, I wonder, can be said to have ahred Nevllle Chamberlain?

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