London: Argo, 1967. Quarto, original 12-inch vinyl recording, original printed insert, original inner sleeve, original cardboard outer sleeve. Very minor wear to cardboard sleeve, small hole punch clean-through sleeve in upper left corner. Item #493
"THE POET SPEAKS" Original phonograph record of David Jones reading selections from his two most important works, housed in the original cardboard sleeve with titles lettered by Jones. The Welsh poet and artist David Jones converted to Catholicism in September 1921 "but the embryonic roots of his faith went back to the trenches of 1917. It was here that he began to discuss religion with Father Daniel Hughes, a Jesuit, the Roman Catholic chaplain attached to his battalion at Ypres. Father Hughes (the Fr. Martin Larkin of In Parenthesis) lent Jones a book by St. Francis de Sales 'and it was really from then that I began to think of the Catholic Church.'" (Joseph Pearce, Literary Converts).
This record was issued as part of "The Poets Speaks" series, recorded in association with the British Council and the Poetry Room in the Lamont Library of the Harvard University. Edited by Peter Orr. These collections of spoken verse by contemporary poets represent a reminder of the oral traditions essential to poetry's origin and evolution. The epic poems "In Parenthesis" (1937) and "The Anathemata" (1952) cemented Jones's literary legacy. The recording consists of selection from three works: Side I. The Anathemata, and Side II: In Parenthesis and The Hunt. Complete with inner paper sleeve and inserted liner notes, also by Jones: "The last fragment, The Hunt, is the most recent in composition, being written (at least in its present form) round about 1963-4, whereas the selections from The Anathemata were written between c. 1940 and 1951 and those from In Parenthesis, between 1928 and 1936." Insert printed by Graphis Press Ltd. A wonderful artifact of twentieth-century English Catholicism.