Letters from David Jones to Jim Ede, Helen Ede, and Mrs Mildred Ede

Scope and Content

The letters of David Jones to Jim Ede cover a range of topics: Jones' work, both artistic and poetic, his financial situation, his religious beliefs and his health. Ede appreciated Jones' work from the beginning and supported and encouraged him. Ede and Helen Sutherland also supported Jones financially sending sums of money at regular intervals in the 1920s and 30s, his early career. They both read and commented on his literary work and provided critiques of his artistic output. Their moral support was particularly valuable during his frequent periods of depression and poor physical health. Jones Catholicism was at the centre of his life and was the inspiration for much of his artistic work. Consequently discussions of religious belief and devotional expression figure largely in the correspondence. The letters also give a picture of the close personal relationship not only with Jim but also with Helen Ede who clearly valued this relationship.