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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.
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: this title will be reviewed in Last Post 6.
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
Christina's Fairy Book
The TLS reports (20 May 2022) that the latest catalogue from Jonkers Rare Books lists Christina's Fairy Book (1906) at a price of £9,500.
The catalogue entry states that: 'No copies have been recorded at auction and we are aware of only one other copy being offered for sale in living memory.' The NB columnist adds that Ford 'wrote it for his first child. File next to his other contributions to the genre: the author of The Good Soldier was also the author of The Brown Owl, The Feather and The Queen Who Flew.'
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.
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