Ford Madox Ford and the Regiment of Women

Ford Madox Ford and the Regiment of Women

Violet Hunt, Jean Rhys, Stella Bowen, Janice Biala

by Jean RhysViolet Hunt Joseph Wiesenfarth and others

Hardback Publication Date: 31/07/2005

  $69.95
Engaging and energetic, this biography of Ford Madox Ford presents the modernist writer in a previously unexplored way. Other biographies have approached Ford as an author; indeed, his memoirs give almost no indication that the women in his life were of any importance or, in fact, that they ever existed. Literary scholar Joseph Wiesenfarth revises this approach by tracing Ford's relationships with four women central to his life. Wiesenfarth shows how these women - Violet Hunt, Jean Rhys, Stella Bowen, and Janice Biala - established themselves as artists in their own right and depicted Ford in their works as different than the ""proper man"" he thought himself to be. For the women, he was both a lover and a leaver, a collaborator and a companion. Wiesenfarth examines the artistic and romantic interplay among these writers, painters, and lovers. This book features a beautifully illustrated color and black-and-white gallery of Bowen and Biala paintings.
ISBN:
9780299210908
9780299210908
Category:
Literary studies: from c 1900 -
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
31-07-2005
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
264
Dimensions (mm):
229x152x25mm
Weight:
0.53kg
Jean Rhys

Jean Rhys was born in Dominica in 1894. Coming to England aged 16, she drifted into various jobs before starting to write in Paris in the late '20s. After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie was written in 1930.

Her early novels, often portraying women as underdogs out to exploit their sexualities, were ahead of their time and only modestly successful.

From 1939 onwards she lived reclusively, and was largely forgotten when she made a sensational comeback with Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966. She died in 1979.

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