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Ford, Ford Madox. (1873 - 1939).

W o r k

- founded The English Review (1908) for both established and new writers

- founded The Transatlantic Review (1920s) for modern literature

The Fifth Queen (1907 - 1908):

- a decoratively ornate trilogy of historical novels

- concerned with Catherine Howard, the beheaded wife of Henry VIII

The Critical Attitude (1911):

- a series of polemical essays on the state of the novel

- contrasts the ‘loose, amorphous, genial and easy-going’ British novel x the tighter and more self-consciously artful French novel

The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion (1915):

- his fictional masterpiece

- provisionally entitled The Saddest Story x but: renamed The Good Soldier as a more appropriate title for a novel to appear in wartime

- uses Conradian shifts in time and perceptions of betrayal, Jamesian concern with the subtleties of overlapping relationships and emotions

Parade’s End: Some Do Not… (1924), No More Parades (1925), A Man Could Stand Up (1926), and Last Post (1928):

- a post-war tetralogy concerned with the gradual break-up of the traditional squirearchical values

- the protagonist: an unhappy lover, a largely unsuccessful soldier, and neurotic survivor after the war’s end

- begins his post-war career as a restorer of antiques x but: still tries to make sense of the battered old world, now essentially fragmented


"It is a queer and fantastic world. Why can't people have what they want? The things were all there to content everybody; yet everybody has got the wrong thing. Perhaps you can make head or tail of it; it is beyond me."

From The Good Soldier (1915).


(Picture: Wikimedia Commons).

  • Author

    Ford Hermann Hueffer. Penname Ford Madox Ford. (1873 - 1939).  British.
  • Work

    Novelist. Critic. Author of The Good Soldier (1915).
  • Genre

    Modern fiction.


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