A study of the endnotes to David Jones's In Parenthesis
Delaney, Nora Kathleen
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This dissertation is a study of the endnotes to David Jones's In Parenthesis. Jones is a 20th-century Welsh-English author and visual artist who provides semi-extensive annotations to his work in the form of footnotes, endnotes, or prefaces. This study examines Jones's editorial practice with focus on In Parenthesis. The bulk of the work is a critical edition of his notes (which could be followed in the future by a critical edition of the whole of In Parenthesis). Manuscript notes are collated and compared with the published text in order to examine Jones's working methods and use of annotation. Editorial commentary clarifies allusions and indicates where Jones has used similar material in his other writings (The Anathemata and a number of independently published essays) and art (engravings, paintings, and letterings; in particular the illustrations for an edition of S.T. Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"). Further editorial annotation is included where Jones does not explain allusions and references in the body of In Parenthesis. Because there is evidence that Jones is an inconsistent editor of his own work, his omission of these annotations may be accidental rather than deliberate. An initial discussion preceding the collated notes provides personal and historical context for Jones's practice. To provide further context, a chronology and bibliographical description are included, as is a list of key sources and frequency of use, as well as illustrations and facsimile drafts. This study draws attention to the key works and themes that appear not only in In Parenthesis, but again in The Anathemata, Jones's artwork, essays, and other writings.