Dr Sara Haslam, Senior Lecturer in English, and Chair of the Ford Madox Ford Society, was interviewed by Alan Yentob for the BBC’s Culture Show special, “Who on Earth was Ford Madox Ford?”, broadcast on Saturday 1st September.
“With Tom Stoppard’s dramatisation of Ford’s unusual First World War love story Parade’s End showing on BBC Two, Alan Yentob reveals Ford to be one of the most likeable characters in literature – humorous, overweight and with a deeply complicated love life that lit the fire under his greatest novels. A radical and a modernist, Ford was friend and collaborator to the great experimenters, Conrad, Lawrence, Pound and Joyce, and he wrote over 80 books including the masterpiece The Good Soldier.”
Dr Haslam was invited to the set of the new adaptation. New critical editions of Ford’s four part novel have been published by Carcanet Press – the series is the first to be fully annotated and to contain authoritative corrected texts of the novels. Dr Haslam edited the third in the series, A Man Could Stand Up.
The international conference Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End: Modernism and the First World War, will be held at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, 27–29 September 2012, where the director of the new series, Susanna White (BAFTA award-winning director of Bleak House (2005), Jane Eyre (2006), and Generation Kill (2008)) will be a special guest.