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Ford Madox Ford, France and Provence by Dominique Lemarchal, Claire Davison-P Gon

By Dominique Lemarchal, Claire Davison-P Gon

The arguable British author Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939) is more and more well-known as a massive presence in early twentieth-century literature. This sequence of foreign Ford Madox Ford reports was once based to mirror the new resurgence of curiosity in him. each one quantity relies upon a selected subject matter or factor; and relates facets of Ford's paintings, existence, and contacts, to broader matters of his time. Ford is best-known for his fiction, specially The sturdy Soldier, lengthy thought of a modernist masterpiece; and Parade's End, which Anthony Burgess defined as 'the best novel concerning the First global War'; and Samuel Hynes has referred to as 'the maximum struggle novel ever written by way of an Englishman'. After the struggle Ford moved to France, starting Parade's finish on the Riviera, founding the transatlantic evaluate in Paris, taking over Hemingway as a sub-editor, getting to know one other new release of Modernists similar to Jean Rhys and Basil Bunting, and publishing them along James Joyce and Gertrude Stein. From the overdue Nineteen Twenties he spent extra time in his cherished Provence, the place he took a home with the painter Janice Biala. the current quantity, combining contributions from eighteen British, French and American specialists on Ford, and Modernism, has hooked up sections. the 1st, on Ford's engagement with France and French tradition, is brought via an essay by way of Ford himself, written in French, approximately France, and republished and likewise translated the following for the 1st time; and contains an essay on literary Paris of the Nineteen Twenties through the top biographer Hermione Lee. the second one, on Ford and Provence, is brought in an essay by means of the novelist Julian Barnes, and contains a collection of formerly unpublished letters from Janice Biala approximately her existence with Ford in Provence. the amount additionally comprises sixteen pages of illustrations, together with formerly unseen photos of Ford and Biala, and reproductions of Biala's work and drawings of Provence.

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616-7, and Matthew Bruccoli, Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2002, p. 229. Ford, A Mirror to France, London: Duckworth, 1926, p. 102. Edith Wharton, ‘Talk to American Soldiers’, 1918, quoted in Lee, p. 458. Ford, Provence, Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1935, p. 308. Ford, Preface to Jean Rhys’s The Left Bank, 1927, in Reader 236. Ford, Some Do Not . , PE 187. Ford, Dedicatory letter to The Good Soldier: GS 3. Ford to R.

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Je parle en AngloSaxon. Donc voilà – et en neuf mots6 – ce que je pense de la France. Et puis il y a ce que je sens; sans même le traduire par des mots. . *** Une supposition – un peu freudienne! Je suis seul sur ma terrasse ici et je ne pense à rien. Vous surgissez devant moi et, pour QUE PENSEZ-VOUS DE LA FRANCE? » Voici, je crois, ce que je répondrais : – J’ai en tête des images (des simulacres) de paysages innombrables et infiniment aimés, des coins de terre infiniment chers, des bois, des étangs, des prairies, des fleuves, des rivières, des champs d’oliviers, des montagnes péniblement ciselées en terrasses jusqu’aux cimes, de vastes plaines labourées avec le soin que l’on prodigue seulement aux êtres qui nous sont particulièrement chers.

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