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RE: [mythsoc] JRRT/David Jones

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  • Mike Foster
    Adam Schwartz writes: J acknowledged T in the preface to the Anathemata, though is never more specific about what he read that was so influential. My guess
    Message 1 of 13 , May 18, 2007
      Adam Schwartz writes:
      "J acknowledged T in the preface to the Anathemata, though is never more
      specific about what he read that was so influential. My guess would be
      "On Fairy Stories," but there is no way of being sure. J read The
      Hobbitt; in the 1950s, he told Colin Wilcockson that he thought he would
      like LOTR, but that he could not get past the bit he heard on the
      wireless (which would be what?). It does not seem that he came back to
      it later. J and T never met, and it is most unlikely that J would have
      ever heard T lecture, as J became more and more agoraphobic over time
      and rarely left his room in private hotels in London. There is no
      evidence that T read J, though Lewis did refer briefly to The Anathemata
      in his Cambridge inaugural address."
      For more on David Jones, see Schwartz' THE THIRD SPRING (2005), a fine
      study of Jones, G.K. Chesterton, Graham Greene, and Christopher Dawson
      as convert Catholic writers.

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      From: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com [mailto:mythsoc@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
      Of David Bratman
      Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2007 10:23 PM
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      Subject: Re: [mythsoc] JRRT/David Jones

      At 11:07 PM 5/15/2007 -0700, John D Rateliff wrote:

      >Taum Santoski tried to find out more about the Tolkien/Jones
      >connection, but he was never able to turn up anything. Tolkien is
      >among those thanked in the front matter of one of Jones' major poems
      >(either IN PARENTHESIS or ANATHEMATA--I forget which, and don't have
      >copies of either handy to look it up), but it's unclear whether he
      >actually knew Tolkien, attended a few of his lectures at Oxford (a la
      >Auden), or simply read JRRT's BEOWULF: THE MONSTERS & THE CRITICS,
      >though I suspect the last. If someone has done further research on
      >this, I'd be interested in being pointed at the results.

      I found a reference in the preface to The Anathemata (1951). Tolkien's
      name is one of about fifty in a list that Jones specifically identifies
      one of "living or recently living authors to whom I stand indebted," and
      goes on to say more about having consulted or read their books, though
      mostly doesn't specify what he read by or got out of each author.
      Elsewhere in the preface he quotes C.S. Lewis, but Lewis is not in the
      list, which Jones says is random and arbitrary.

      Jones is unlikely to have heard Tolkien lecture at Oxford anyway
      unlike Auden, he didn't go to Oxford, or to university at all.

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