A tragic tale, part 6
August 26, 2022
By 1970, Jesse Hill Ford was a dynamic force on the American literary scene. His novel, “The Liberation of Lord Byron Jones,” had sold well, received good reviews and been turned into a movie.
While working on the screenplay, Ford published a book of short stories and another novel. He was also at work on a novel about the Civil War, which he thought would be his best work yet.
Stirling Silliphant, his co-writer on the “Jones” movie script, predicted that within ten years Ford would win the Nobel Prize for literature.
But then everything fell apart. For one thing, Ford confessed to...