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Janice Biala Event
A recording of Jason Andrew's very informative lecture, ‘Biala (1903-2000): The Rash Acts of Rescue and Escape’, delivered under the auspices of the Fritz Ascher Society, with Biala's letters splendidly voiced by Julia Gleich, is now available.
Many thanks to the Fritz Ascher Society for providing this link to the recording:
The death has been announced of Alison Lurie, novelist and critic, at the age of 94, in Ithaca, New York. Her essay, ‘Ford Madox Ford’s Fairy Tales’, several times reprinted, has been frequently cited by Ford scholars.
Reading and Wellbeing
This current blog series has a recent post by our Society chair, Sara Haslam:
And another by Fordian (and Conradian) Helen Chambers:
Ford mentioned in the LA Review of Books
In his piece on Martin Amis’s new book (is it a novel? is it a memoir?), Sunil Iyengar remarked: ‘More than once while reading Inside Story, your reviewer harked back to Ford Madox Ford’s 1931 memoir Return to Yesterday, which bears this caveat:
Where it has seemed expedient to me I have altered episodes that I have witnessed but I have been careful never to distort the character of the episode. The accuracies I deal in are the accuracies of my impressions. If you want factual accuracies you must go to … But no, no, don’t go to anyone, stay with me!’
The Fordian paragraph from which Iyengar quotes these lines actually begins: ‘So this is a novel’ – but, of course, that might have complicated things even more.
Ford's Fifth Queen trilogy
Eamon Duffy’s ‘In defence of More, a man of principle’ (TLS, 13 November 2020), cites Ford’s Fifth Queen trilogy as ‘the high point of Victorian and Edwardian fictionalizations of the Tudor reformations’, though he remarks that, while Ford’s use of ‘a modernized version of Tudor diction has been praised’, twenty-first century readers ‘are likely to be daunted by its archaism’. He also comments that the trilogy ‘plays fast and loose with the facts of history, a freedom Ford justified on the grounds that “The accuracies I deal in are the accuracies of my impressions”’.
Ford on ‘inevitability’
Tom Crewe, in ‘On the Shelf’, London Review of Books, 42, 19 (8 October 2020), quotes Ford on ‘inevitability’, while writing about William Godwin's Caleb Williams, or Things as They Are. The passage, in which Ford is discussing ‘the mystic word “justification”’, comes from his Joseph Conrad: A Personal Remembrance (1924), 204.
Biala in Provincetown
Mary Maxwell, in the latest issue of PN Review (May-June 2020), reviews the 2018 exhibition, Biala: Provincetown Summers.