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David Jones expert and history professor Dr. Adam Schwartz’s latest, “The Artist and His Epoch,” was recently published by the Russell Kirk Center. A review of the new book David Jones on Religion, Politics, and Culture: Unpublished Prose, Schwartz digs into Jones’ theology, aesthetics, and more in his essay, revealing Jones as a pioneering poet, visual artist, and trenchant literary and social critic.

Schwartz, author of The Third Spring: G.K. Chesterton, Graham Greene, Christopher Dawson, and David Jones, moves through the contents of the Jones book during his essay, touching upon Jones’ thoughts on war and fascism in the process. Jones, a native of London, fought in the trenches in World War I, an experience that crucially shaped his imagination. He discovered his other source of inspiration in the Catholic Faith in the 1920s, leading to paintings and writings directly tied into the traditions of the Church, perhaps most explicitly seen in his 1952 work The Anathemata, which traces the course of Western culture using the Mass as a framework.

A member of the advisory board of the David Jones Research Center, Schwartz reveals a firm handle of Jones’ thought in his essay, pointing to these newly published writings as critical to understanding Jones as a distinctive voice and key to understanding the complexities of his technocratic, ideological age.

Read the full essay here.

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