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The Art of Being Found Out

Colm Tóibín: The need to be revealed, 20 March 2008

... art of loving and wanting involves, even in the most nuanced way, publicity: it needs words. In FordMadox Ford’s The Good Soldier, the narrator contemplates the words of passion used by Edward Ashburnham to a young girl, Nancy, and his need to ...

One Thing

John Bayley, 22 November 1990

Jean Rhys 
by Carole Angier.
Deutsch, 780 pp., £15.99, November 1990, 0 233 98597 2
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A Lot to Ask: A Life of Barbara Pym 
by Hazel Holt.
Macmillan, 308 pp., £14.99, November 1990, 0 333 40614 1
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... hurriedly for Paris, where he was eventually arrested and imprisoned. Meanwhile Jean took up with FordMadox Ford, who encouraged and supervised her urge to become a writer. Stella Benson, ...

A Hammer in His Hands

Frank Kermode: Lowell’s Letters, 22 September 2005

The Letters of Robert Lowell 
edited by Saskia Hamilton.
Faber, 852 pp., £30, July 2005, 0 571 20204 7
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... Jews, of course, but also on Milton. Later he consulted other great men of an earlier generation: FordMadox Ford, T.S. Eliot, of whom Lowell was extremely fond, Robert Frost and William Carlos Williams, much admired despite Lowell’s worries ...
Joseph Conrad: A Biography 
by Jeffrey Meyers.
Murray, 320 pp., £20, July 1991, 0 7195 4910 8
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Joseph Conrad and the Modern Temper 
by Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan.
Oxford, 218 pp., £30, August 1991, 9780198117858
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... famous, as they do everybody else’s, and now find a place in the story. The greasy trilby hat FordMadox Ford put to dry in Jessie Conrad’s oven, provoking the only outburst of wrath ever seen on the part of that placid lady; the ‘good ...

I want to boom

Mark Ford: Pound Writes Home, 24 May 2012

Ezra Pound to His Parents: Letters 1895-1929 
edited by Mary de Rachewiltz, David Moody and Joanna Moody.
Oxford, 737 pp., £39, January 2011, 978 0 19 958439 0
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... devoted to Pound’s letters not only to fellow writers such as Wyndham Lewis, E.E. Cummings, FordMadox Ford, Louis Zukofsky and William Carlos Williams, but also to various editors and patrons: to the somewhat mysterious Margaret Cravens, a ...

Uneasy Guest

Hermione Lee: Coetzee in London, 11 July 2002

by J.M. Coetzee.
Secker, 169 pp., £14.99, May 2002, 0 436 20582 3
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... one of the first wave of computer programmers, while working on an MA thesis by correspondence on FordMadox Ford. The MA was awarded in 1963, but that takes us beyond the end of Youth. If there were to be another memoir it would cover Coetzee’s ...


P.N. Furbank, 5 May 1983

John Galsworthy: A Reassessment 
by Alec Fréchet, translated by Denis Mahaffey.
Macmillan, 229 pp., £20, January 1983, 0 333 31535 9
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... any accuracy: it was with very good reason that those ‘other Edwardians’, Joyce, Pound and FordMadox Ford, made such a clamour about ‘constatation’ and ‘direct treatment of the object’. Let us come back to Galsworthy’s ...

Very like Poole Harbour

Patricia Beer, 5 December 1991

With and Without Buttons 
by Mary Butts, edited by Nathalie Blondel.
Carcanet, 216 pp., £13.95, October 1991, 0 85635 944 0
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... her in Paris, not exactly among ‘the bevies of truculent women’ who surrounded Hemingway and FordMadox Ford but somewhere near. On the fringe of the Montparnasse bars were a few talented storytellers running to seed, like poor generous ...


Frank Kermode, 5 June 1997

The Untouchable 
by John Banville.
Picador, 405 pp., £15.99, May 1997, 0 330 33931 1
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... a little discontented, that will perhaps be because it occurs to them to speculate as to what FordMadox Ford might have made of this material; or because they rather greedily expected even more from a novelist they had long since learnt to ...

In the Golfo Placido

P.N. Furbank, 9 October 1986

The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad. Vol. II: 1898-1902 
edited by Frederick Karl and Laurence Davies.
Cambridge, 483 pp., £27.50, August 1986, 0 521 25748 4
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... so much on brilliant ‘effects’, successes would be particularly palpable. But further, as FordMadox Ford conveys in innumerable anecdotes of him, Conrad had enormous zest and simply was not a mere limping and suffering victim. Though ...

On the Shelf

Tom Crewe: ‘The Adventures of Caleb Williams’, 8 October 2020

... the predictability itself. ‘Before everything a story must convey a sense of inevitability,’ FordMadox Ford once wrote,that which happens in it must seem to be the only thing that could have happened. Of course a character may cry: ‘If I ...

Little Philadelphias

Ange Mlinko: Imagism, 25 March 2010

The Verse Revolutionaries: Ezra Pound, H.D. and the Imagists 
by Helen Carr.
Cape, 982 pp., £30, May 2009, 978 0 224 04030 3
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... scores more who had a stake in the continuing vitality of literature, including Yeats, Lawrence, FordMadox Ford, Wyndham Lewis and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. The writers, clustered in clubs or ‘gangs’, wanted to redraw the cultural map. The ...

Early Lives

P.N. Furbank, 5 June 1986

The Inner I: British Literary Autobiography of the 20th Century 
by Brian Finney.
Faber, 286 pp., £14.95, September 1985, 0 571 13311 8
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... force is at work as in Nostromo: a most intricate form is produced, alive in every part. FordMadox Ford, oddly for him, complained that A Personal Record was ‘ragged’ and wanted it extended – to the wrath of Conrad, who declared ...

Other Poems and Other Poets

Donald Davie, 20 September 1984

Notes from New York, and Other Poems 
by Charles Tomlinson.
Oxford, 64 pp., £4.50, March 1984, 0 19 211959 1
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The Cargo 
by Neil Rennie.
TNR Productions, 27 pp., January 1984
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Collected Poems 1943-1983 
by C.H. Sisson.
Carcanet, 383 pp., £14.95, April 1984, 0 85635 498 8
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... speaks for is one that most of us, gratefully or not, are ready to think defunct: the Britain of FordMadox Ford in 1913-15, which was host to Wyndham Lewis’s earliest paintings, to the sculpture of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, and to Ezra Pound’s ...

Is it a crime?

P.N. Furbank, 6 June 1985

Peterley Harvest: The Private Diary of David Peterley 
edited by Michael Holroyd.
Secker, 286 pp., £8.95, April 1985, 0 436 36715 7
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... to Australia, ‘this time for life-long exile’. It is a novel, you might say, bred out of FordMadox Ford, Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford, and is by no means without interest. It does not help, though, to say, as Michael Holroyd seems ...

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