Ford Madox Ford

Ford Madox Ford, 1873–1939, English author; grandson of Ford Madox Brown. He changed his name legally from Ford Madox Hueffer in 1919. The author of over 60 works including novels, poems, criticism, travel essays, and reminiscences, Ford also edited the English Review (1908–11) and the Transatlantic Review (1924, Paris); among his contributors were Thomas Hardy, James Joyce, and D. H. Lawrence. Ford's most important fictional works are The Good Soldier (1915), a subtle and complex novel about the relationship of two married couples, and a tetralogy (1924–28): Some Do Not, No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up, and The Last Post (pub. together as Parade's End, 1950). These works reveal the collapse of the Tory-Christian virtues under the violence and social hypocrisy that culminated in World War I. Ford collaborated with Joseph Conrad on The Inheritors (1901), Romance (1903), and other works. His memoir of Conrad (1924) discusses the narrative techniques that the two writers evolved. Toward the end of his life, Ford lived in France and the United States and was a member of the faculty of Olivet College in Michigan.

See his letters (ed. by R. M. Ludwig, 1965); biographies by F. MacShane (1965), A. Mizener (1971, repr. 1985), and J. Wiesenfarth (2005); studies by F. MacShane, ed. (1972), S. Stand, ed. (1981), A. B. Snitow (1984), and R. A. Cassell, ed. (1987).

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Ford Madox Ford
Kenneth Young.
Longmans, Green, 1956
Critical Writings of Ford Madox Ford
Frank MacShane; Ford Madox Ford.
University of Nebraska Press, 1964
Trained for Genius: The Life and Writings of Ford Madox Ford
Douglas Goldring.
E.P. Dutton, 1949
Fragmenting Modernism: Ford Madox Ford, the Novel, and the Great War
Sara Haslam.
Manchester University Press, 2002
Ford Madox Ford and the City
Sara Haslam.
Rodopi, 2005
"It Is All a Darkness": Death, Narrative Therapy, and Ford Madox Ford's 'The Good Soldier'
Womack, Kenneth.
Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 38, No. 3, Summer 2002
"For I Am but a Girl": Female Power in Ford Madox Ford's "The Brown Owl"
Campbell, Lori M.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 34, No. 2, June 2001
South Lodge; Reminiscences of Violet Hunt, Ford Madox Ford and the English Review Circle
Douglas Goldring.
Constable & Co. Ltd., 1943
A Jungian Approach to Ford Madox Ford's the Good Soldier; John Dowell Meets the Shadow
Gordon-Dueck, Julie.
Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, Vol. 25, No. 1-2, March 2004
The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion
Ford Madox Ford; Thomas C. Moser.
Oxford University Press, 1990
Modern British Fiction
Mark Schorer.
Oxford University Press, 1961
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Notes on the Labyrinth of Design in The Good Soldier"
Parade's End
Ford Madox Ford.
Alfred A. Knopf, 1950
The Nature of a Crime
Joseph Conrad; Ford Ford Madox.
Doubleday, Page & Company, 1924
The Inheritors: An Extravagant Story
Joseph Conrad; Ford Madox Ford.
University of Liverpool Press, 1999
The English Novel: From the Earliest Days to the Death of Joseph Conrad
Ford Madox Ford.
Carcanet, 1997
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