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Announcing a new project, the Collected Letters of Ford Madox Ford in 6 volumes!
The Ford Society is delighted to announce a new project to address this significant gap in twentieth-century literary scholarship. Ford was a superb letter-writer, and yet the vast majority of his c.2,800 known letters remains unavailable in published versions. Its General Editors are Sara Haslam and Max Saunders, and Oxford University Press will be publishing the volumes.
Last Post 4
Most members of the Ford Madox Ford Society should have received their copies of Last Post 4 by now—including essays, reviews, columns and a reprinted story by Ford.
Preparations for the fifth issue are already well-advanced. This special issue on 'Ford and Food', guest-edited by Helen Chambers, contains a varied menu which should stimulate—and, we hope, satisfy—the appetites of all our readers, whatever their gustatory peculiarities. . .
Homo Duplex: Ford Madox Ford’s Experience and Aesthetics of Alterity, edited and with an introduction by Isabelle Brasme (Montpellier: Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2020. ISBN 978-2-36781-343-1)
Ten essays ranging widely over Ford’s life, writing, literary—and personal— networks:
Sara Haslam, ‘Elsie, fiction, and collaboration’
Helen Chambers, ‘Elsie Martindale and Joseph Conrad, Readers, Critics, Co-writers’
Zineb Berrahou-Anzuini, ‘“At Home in Germany”: Ford as “the Desirable Alien”’
Lucinda Borkett-Jones, ‘“My Friend the Enemy: Ford’s Construction of the German Other in Wartime’
Robert Hampson, ‘Touch and Intimacy in Ford Madox Ford’s novels’
Harry Ricketts, ‘The Great War and Othering the Self: Siegfried Sassoon and
Ford Madox Ford’
Seamus O’Malley, ‘Spa Modernism: Freud’s Dora and Ford’s The Good Soldier’
Leslie de Bont, ‘“I am so near to all these people”: Narrative Alterity in Ford’s
The Good Soldier and Sinclair’s Tasker Jevons’
Laurence Davies, ‘So Far and Yet so Near: Ford and the Otherness of History’
Georges Letissier, ‘Napoleonic Fiction Twinning: Ford Madox Ford’s A Little Less
Than Gods (1928) and Joseph Conrad’s Suspense (1926)’
Recording Available of Jason Andrew’s online talk
There’s a recording of the recent online event, ‘Biala (1903-2000): The Rash Acts of Rescue and Escape’, a fascinating talk by Jason Andrew, curator of the Biala Estate, with Biala’s letters splendidly voiced by Julia Gleich. The link is: https://youtu.be/W8x21VbWqvc.
The talk was given under the auspices of the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, Inc., in New York. Our thanks to Executive Director Rachel Stern and the Fritz Ascher Society
Craig Brown, whose marvellous One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time won the 2020 Baillie Gifford prize for non-fiction, has an essay in the latest Times Literary Supplement (10 September 2021), ‘Nothing is real: The slippery art of biography’. He observes that encounters at parties are ‘subject to the vagaries of memory, and further obscured by layers of gossip and hearsay and inaudibility, the whole mix often further muddled by alcohol.’ The encounter he particularly has in mind, of which he has found at least seven published versions, is the meeting between Marcel Proust and James Joyce, those versions including Joyce’s own—to Jacques Mercanton—plus another of Joyce’s own, to Frank Budgen (plus a third, via Padraic Colum). The seventh version ‘was told by the author Ford Madox Ford, who had a reputation for tall stories.’ This Joyce-Proust encounter occurs in Ford’s It Was the Nightingale and is, of course, very much a story, a tale told by a tall teller of tales.
New audiobook: Parade's End
A recent title from The Audio Book Producers is Ford’s Parade's End (35 hours 12 minutes) read by acclaimed actor Bill Nighy, who is also an honorary member of the Ford Society.
Available through the usual outlets: