When the young American painter, Janice Biala, met the great English Novelist Ford Madox Ford, she was twenty-six and he was fifty-seven. They met in Paris on May Day, 1930, at one of Ford’s regular Thursday afternoon salons. Lured to the gathering at Ford’s by the promise of meeting Ezra Pound, whom she much admired, Biala instead found herself alongside Ford, the incorrigible romancer. From that day forth and until the end of his life, Biala became his constant companion. Moreover, she became his greatest advocate.
Upon Ford’s death in 1939, Biala risked life and limb traveling back to the Italian occupied south of France to Toulon and rescued Ford’s library, manuscripts and papers from the Villa Paul, Cap Brun. With this important collection safely on its way to New York, Biala took over in Nice then traveled north she fleed Nazi occupied France with her paints and the few paintings she could carry.
As Ford’s great advocate, now executor, Biala saw to it that Ford’s work would continue to be published and re-published.
In 1997 an international society was founded to promote knowledge of and interest in the life and work of Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939). To highlight this historic relationship this portion of the website is dedicated to Biala and her relationship with Ford Madox Ford and will feature articles on, images of, and correspondences about Ford Madox Ford.
To be directed to the Ford Madox Ford Society click here
Articles and papers presented by Biala Estate curator and archivist Jason Andrew:
- Ford + Biala: A Fateful Meeting / The Letters of Janice Biala, 1929-1931
- Photo Archives of the Estate of Janice Biala