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ALS Journal 2020
The Alliance of Literary Societies (which includes, of course, the Ford Society) has just published its 2020 Journal. It's available on their website:
Literature and Modern Time
Several luminaries of the Ford Society are among the contributors to Literature and Modern Time, edited by Trish Ferguson, just published by Palgrave Macmillan:
Call for Papers: Online Conference
‘Bookshelves in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic: an online conference’
3-4 November 2020 (ONLINE)
Organised by The Open University and supported by SHARP (The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing)
Reading and Wellbeing
A current blog series, ‘Reading and Wellbeing’, may well be of interest, not least because our Society chair, Sara Haslam, wrote the latest post:
BAMS Essay Prize
The British Association for Modernist Studies recently announced the two winners of their 2020 Essay Prize, one of whom was Harriet Walters (University of Birmingham) for ‘Rural Ritual, Gardened Faith: Ford Madox Ford’s Memorial Plots’ (the other was
Megan Girdwood of the University of Edinburgh for her ‘“Puppet of skeletal escapade”: Dance Dialogues in Mina Loy and Carl Van Vechten’). The essays will be
published in upcoming issues of Modernist Cultures.
'Books That Made Me'
In the 'Books That Made Me' feature in The Guardian, the novelist Meg Rosoff, invited to choose 'The book I'd most like to be remembered for' (conventionally one by the interviewee, of course), responded: 'I'd quite like to be remembered for The Good Soldier. Who wouldn't?'
J. C., in the Times Literary Supplement (26 June 2020), discussed – and refuted – the claims of the Spectator to primacy in the case of four familiar contemporary phrases, one of them ‘the establishment’. Beside Henry Fairlie’s use of it in a 1955 Spectator piece, J. C. quoted Douglas Goldring’s reference in The Nineteen Twenties (1945) to ‘the powerful forces of what Ford Madox Ford used to call the Establishment.’ J. C. added: 'Ford was evidently talking about it long before Goldring.'
The Knap, Selsey
Artist Jennifer Mosley has written an interesting piece on her blog about the Selsey cottage where she spent much of her childhood and which had been rented by Violet Hunt during the years of her relationship with Ford:
Biala in Provincetown
Mary Maxwell, in the latest issue of PN Review (May-June 2020), reviews the 2018 exhibition, Biala: Provincetown Summers.
The Times Literary Supplement (8 May 2020) included Margaret Drabble’s ‘Scholarship girls: Making peace with Mathilde Blind’. Ancient Lights suggests that Blind was not a favourite figure in the life of the young Ford Madox Ford.
A Reconstructionary Tale?
In ‘Tales of Reconstruction’ (Times Literary Supplement, 3 January 2020), ‘Some nominations for out-of-print books that deserve to be rediscovered and republished’, Alexandra Harris selected Ford’s No Enemy: A Tale of Reconstruction.
No More Parades End
Ford Madox Ford’s last library and what it tells us about ‘the Tietjens saga’, by Sara Haslam. TLS, 5 June 2018. Read here.