IN THE REVIEW

‘Nothing But a Writer’

Ford Madox Ford

by Alan Judd

Violet

by Barbara Belford
In his 1937 memoir Blasting and Bombardiering, Wyndham Lewis—writer, painter, founder of Vorticism, and survivor of the Great War—looked back on the prewar years of British Modernism, between around 1910 and 1914, when, he said, a spirit of extraordinary and golden promise filled the air: “Europe was full of titanic …