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Title: Ford Madox Ford: A Provence of His Own
Authors: Calderaro, Michela A.
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: This article illustrates the way Ford Madox Ford used material from his own life and experience in his fiction. The main focus is on the travel book "Provence". Ford wrote two travel books, "Provence" (1935) and "The Great Trade Route" (1973), which can be read as his testament; they are "free flowing, discoursive combinations of memories, travel, history and social philosophy". "Provence" is a homage to a place Ford had longed for all his life, a palce he turned to in his last years, as if destined to end up there from the beginning: "And I am hardly exaggerating when I say that all my travelling has always been one long planning to return". It is the idea of "Provence", rather than the physical description of the region, that emerges from Ford's book "Provence". And it is the idea of the Troubadours, rather than the real historical figures, that appealed to Ford. Indeed, these ideas struck his imagination with such intensity that he could hardly resist employing them in his writings. This would be in line with what he had done with so many characteres - borrowing them from other writers' stories and ending up thinking they were some of his own acquaintances whom he "liked very much". Ford would re-costruct and rearrange situations, characters and historical periods, using materials drawn from his own as well as other people's experience, and then dressing his stories in such a way that the full understanding of the 'affair' often escapes the reader.
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