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Arnold Gingrich


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Arnold Gingrich : Cast Down the Laurel

'I have lately re-read here the complete works of Conrad and Henry James and am engaged on reading all the books of Stephen Crane that I can lay my hands on—for the to me astounding fact is that the works of these three writers are here out of print and practically unobtainable, such being glory! I had to borrow the Conrad and James from Doubleday and Scribner's respectively and Knopf has only been able to lend me Crane’s "George's Mother". . . after ringing up more than twenty new and second hand booksellers. Of Conrad I was most re-impressed by "Under Western Eyes", "Nostromo" and the "Secret Agent"; of James the "Spoils of Poynton", the "Wings of the Dove", the "Turn of the Screw" and a dozen short stories. I have also been reading during a fortnight in Tennessee from which I have just returned, the "Agricultural Census" of the United States, several lives of Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Boone, Crockett and minor Southern Notabilities, the new (as yet unpublished) volume of poems by Allen Tate; the new (as yet unpublished) novel of Robert Penn Warren—both these admirable; and a number of other works in ms. Of lately published work I have vivid recollections of and admiration for “Aleck Maury, Sportsman”, by Caroline Gordon, “Act of Darkness” by John Peale Bishop,” Walls Against the Wind” by Frances Park, “Little Candle’s Beam” by Isa Glenn and Graham Greene’s “It’s a Battlefield” and Arnold Gingrich’s “Cast Down the Laurel”.' [Ford then indicates his intended shipboard reading between New York and Naples on the S.S. "Roma" including Crane and W. H. Hudson over the next week or so.]

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Ford Madox Ford      Print: Book


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