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Ford Madox Ford by Max Saunders, 216pp, 42 illustrations, ISBN 9781789147018, paperback £12.99.
Anyone interested in Ford will want this book!
It’s in the Critical Lives series from Reaktion Books (distributed in the US by University of Chicago Press, coming there in May).
Illustrated essay on Biala!
Carine Chicherau’s fascinating essay on the painter Janice Biala, Ford’s partner for the last decade of his life, is now available in both French and English (with a translation by Noémie Jennifer Bonnet).
Original text in French:
English translation available here (includes a link to the French text):
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A major 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.3,000 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.
Any reader of the latest issue of Last Post whose interest was aroused by Seamus O'Malley's essay, 'Impressionist Populism? Ford, "The People", and le peuple', may like to know that his book, Irish Culture and 'The People": Populism and its Discontents, is available from Oxford University Press.
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
Prolific hero Ford
In October 2022, Rachel Cooke interviewed the novelist and travel writer Paul Theroux, who remarked at one point that writing comes easily to him and he can’t see any reason to stop. “It’s joy, pure joy. The pleasure of blackening the page, of creating something, imagining it. My heroes are prolific writers: Georges Simenon, Patrick White, Ford Madox Ford.”
Ford under the hammer
The sale of Joan Didion’s estate, at Stair Galleries in New York in November 2022, included some of the favourite books from her library, a lot containing fifteen of the nineteen titles she’d listed, among them novels by Joseph Conrad, V. S. Naipaul, Ernest Hemingway, Renata Adler, Dostoevsky and John O’Hara. It also included an Everyman’s Library edition of Ford’s The Good Soldier. The estimate for the lot was $800 to $1200: the eventual hammer price was $26,000. (Even that price was pipped by a pair of Didion’s sunglasses, which went for $27,000.)