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Critical writing on Ford
Download latest sample chapters from International Ford Madox Ford Studies
FMF Society News
The 2020 Autumn/Winter Newsletter from the Alliance of Literary Societies is now available to download from 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:
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:
BAMS 2020 Essay Prize
One of the winning essays was Harriet Walters' ‘Rural Ritual, Gardened Faith: Ford Madox Ford’s Memorial Plots’. It will be published in an upcoming issue of Modernist Cultures.
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.
Amanda Lohrey interviewed
Interviewed in the Australian Book Review, the writer Amanda Lohrey, asked for her favourite author, replies: ‘It’s more the case that I’m in awe of individual works, Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier (1915), for example. The structure is so complex, so subtle and hypnotic, that later in life Ford couldn’t recall how he’d managed it. Writers are like cat burglars trying to crack a safe, twisting the dial first this way and then that, waiting to hear the click. When they’ve busted the safe, they can’t remember the combination they happened upon.’
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?'
Biala in Provincetown
Mary Maxwell, in the latest issue of PN Review (May-June 2020), reviews the 2018 exhibition, Biala: Provincetown Summers.