“A lot of people have found some morbidity in his (Pavel Tchelitchew’s) work and Alice De Lamar, who knew him intimately and who was a great patron and gave us houses to live in, she told me one day, ‘Well, Pavlikis is a mental case.’ Can you believe it? She gave us one house and Balanchine gave us a Ford. He paid $250 for it — a second-hand Ford.” Charles Henri Ford Interview


Charles Henri Ford, the American poet, editor, filmmaker, photographer, and collage artist, was born in 1913; he lived until age 93. A high school dropout, he started his first magazine, Blues, in 1929, which propelled him into the circle of Gertrude Stein’s famous salon in Paris. He became friends with Man Ray, Janet Flanner, Peggy Guggenheim, and Djuna Barnes of the American expatriate colony in Paris.

In 1932, while in Morocco visiting Paul Bowles, he typed Djuna Barnes’s novel, Nightwood. The next year, he co-wrote The Young and Evil with Parker Tyler, a book that was banned in both Paris and America.

In 1934 he returned to New York City, bringing the Russian artist Pavel Tchelitchew.

He and Alice De Lamar traveled in the same social circle, that included Glenway Wescott, Lincoln Kirstein, and George Balanchine.

He published a book of poetry, The Garden of Disorder, with an introduction by William Carlos Williams, in 1938.

In 1940 Ford started View magazine, which featured talent from around the world: Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Henry Miller, Paul Klee, Albert Camus, Georgia O’Keefe, Man Ray, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, and Marcel Duchamp.

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