Introduction to In Parenthesis
David Jones, 1946
JONES, David (1895-1974). [Introduction to In Parenthesis.] Autograph manuscript [1946].

Three pages (330 x 204mm), ink, numbered 1-3 (some finger soiling, creasing; pin holes on left margin). Custom cloth clamshell box.

The author's introduction to the November 1946 BBC production of his epic work. In Parenthesis was adapted for radio by Douglas Cleverdon and was first scheduled to be broadcast in November 1939 before being cancelled after the outbreak of World War II. A shortened version was rehearsed in 1942 but this too was cancelled. In this 1946 broadcast the introduction was written and pre-recorded by David Jones, and the cast included Richard Burton and Dylan Thomas. Jones's introduction begins by reflecting on the time that had passed: “Thirty years have gone by since the events which determined the shape of the book, & ten years since its shape was as complete as I knew how to make it…” The performance of "In Parenthesis" and its story of the daily life of soldiers, male friendship, myth, legend, and war made a profound effect on many of those listening. (“In Parenthesis broadcast script, 1946,” The National Library of Wales / The David Jones Literary Estate via First World War Poetry Digital Archive).

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