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Conqueror: Fields of Victory, Revised Edition
I’ve just been watching the 1964 BBC version of “Parade’s End” with Judi Densch as Valentine Wannop. The screenplay seems to devote more screen time to the war than does the more recent one written by Tom Stoppard. I’ll watch that one next to look for their similarities and differences. As I watched I noticed the similarities, as you mentioned, with “Brideshead Revisited.”
There used to be in the early days of American television a show with Steve Allen where he would sometimes have a roundtable discussion with reenactors of great men. They were too many and from such disparate backgrounds and eras that the whole thing fell through but it occurred to me that it would be enjoyable to watch one with Ford Maddox Ford, Evelyn Waugh and Anthony Powell.
I don’t recall reading anywhere that Ford ever met Waugh and I have never seen a book of Ford’s letters. It seems he led a peripatetic existence stripped down to the bare essentials, a typewriter and a brazier and likely didn’t keep letters or used them to get the brazier going.
Powell, of course, also wrote a multi-volume novel whose protagonist is from the English upper class and who spends some of the pages in the uniform of the wartime British army. He spent a good deal of time as a book editor learning the do’s and don’t’s of novel writing before trying his hand at “A Dance to the Music of Time” so most likely he read these other two as well.
Posted by: Joseph Hamilton | 04/15/2023 at 11:03 AM
I did not know about that version and will keep an eye out for it. Thanks!
Posted by: A.H. Lloyd | 04/16/2023 at 08:19 AM