David Jones: In Parenthesis (1777 words)


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In Parenthesis was published by Faber and Faber in 1937 and won the Hawthornden Prize for Literature for that year. David Jones began writing in 1928, at a time when he had already established a reputation as a watercolourist and engraver. The book offers a lightly fictionalized account of his experience as an infantryman with the 38th (London Welsh) Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers during the Great War, building up to the assault on Mametz Wood in July, 1916, part of the wider Allied Somme campaign. Mostly written in a powerfully descriptive prose style employing the vocabulary of ordinary soldiers, In Parenthesis is also punctuated by moments of intense lyricism heightened by Jones’s dramatic use of line breaks …

Citation: Robichaud, Paul. "In Parenthesis". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 June 2014 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=4474, accessed 22 January 2021.]

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