David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

17 February 2010

Quels sont les gens qui ont le plus de caractère?

Dear Constance,

Thank you for your letter and the fruit cake.

Yes, we are all back from the stint at Le Petit Journal.

As well as the usual reportage of Actors of Regard,
our French colleagues have proposed
for 2010 that we introduce a Scenes from the Office segment: "...de mettre un visage humain sur le vide", as they put it. So, look forward to that. And, during winter, a Spot the Ball competition.

Best regards,


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