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David Jones's The Grail Mass and Other Works


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Introduction Part One: The Grail Mass A.) On Reading The Grail Mass: a commentary on the text's development, fragmentation, and reconstruction B.) Text of The Grail Mass Part Two: A True Fragment, An Extraction, and A Variant A.) The Roman Dinner Conversation (Section XIV) A.1) A Commentary on The Roman Dinner Conversation A.2) Text of The Roman Dinner Conversation B.) Extraction from Keel Ram Stauros B.1) A Commentary on The Extraction from Keel Ram Stauros B.2) Text of The Extraction from Keel Ram Stauros C.) The BBC Variant of The Hunt C.1) A Commentary on the BBC variant of The Hunt C.2) Text of the BBC variant of The Hunt Part Three: Origins and Endings: A.) The Book of Balaam's Ass A.1) A Commentary on The Book of Balaam's Ass A.2) Text of The Book of Balaam's Ass B.) The Absolom Mass B.1) A Commentary on The Absolom Mass B.2) Text of The Absolom Mass C.) The Kensington Mass C.1) A Commentary on The Kensington Mass C.2) Text of The Kensington Mass D.) Under Arcturus D.1) A Commentary on Under Arcturus D.2) Text of Under Arcturus Notes Afterword: The Grail Mass, The Anathemata, and The Sleeping Lord Appendix A: The Editing of The Grail Mass Bibliography Index

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An authoritative edition of David Jones's unpublished sequel to his poetic masterpiece, The Anathemata, with full textual commentary throughout and a collection of related unpublished work.

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The poet and painter David Jones (1895-1974) was one of the most important and original voices in British modernism. His epic poem In Parenthesis was described by T.S. Eliot as 'a work of genius' and by Stephen Spender as 'the most monumental work of poetic genius to come out of World War I' and his many admirers included W.B. Yeats, W.H. Auden and Herbert Read. Thomas Goldpaugh is Professor Emeritus of English at Marist College, USA. Jamie Callison is Associate Professor of British and American Literature at Nord University, Norway.


An indispensable addition to the Jones corpus. It is also a deeply impressive textual achievement, and a brilliantly realized and instructive engagement with a rich and complex literary archive ... The fullness of Jones's vision on the page is honoured, and poetic practices which might seem esoteric are validated and released for the reader's appreciation ... [Goldpaugh and Callison's] curiosity and authority as editors shines through with the same force whether they are describing Jones's use of pencil, ink or biro, or revisiting the ambiguous and provocative issue of his political attitudes. * Review of English Studies *
The editors' [work is] devoted, skilled, and erudite ... The reconstruction of The Grail Mass does read as a coherent and convincing text, from Mass opening to the close of the soldiers' watch on the wall. This is a tribute to the literary, as well as the editorial craft of Goldpaugh and Callison ... Another joy of this book is the opportunity to read and compare four versions of the 'Mass opening' (one in The Grail Mass, three in the 'Other Works'). * Literature & Theology *

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