The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion

By Ford Madox Ford; Thomas C. Moser | Go to book overview
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1873 17 December: born Ford Hermann Hueffer, Merton, Surrey (now part of Greater London). Has two siblings: Oliver ( 1876-1931), novelist and journalist+ADs- Juliet ( 1880-1943), translator of Russian poetry.
1881 Enters modern, co-educational Praetorius School, Folkestone, Kent.
1889 Death of Ford's father, Dr Francis Hueffer, music critic and Provençal scholar. Ford goes to live with his grandfather, Ford Madox Brown, the Pre-Raphaelite painter. Attends University College School, London, for less than a year.
1891 Publishes first book, The Brown Owl, a children's fairy-tale, under the name Ford H. Madox Hueffer.
1892 Conversion to Roman Catholicism. Publishes first novel, The Shifting of the Fire+ADs- The Feather (fairy-tale).
1893 Death of grandfather. The Questions at the Well (poems).
1894 17 May: marriage to Elsie Martindale. Moves to southern Kent. The Queen Who Flew (fairy-tale).
1896Ford Madox Brown (biography).
1897 Birth of daughter Christina.
1898 Meets Joseph Conrad. Later collaborates with him on The Inheritors ( 1901), Romance ( 1903), and The Nature of a Crime ( 1909).
1900 Birth of daughter Katharine. Poems for Pictures, The Cinque Ports (history).
1901 Moves near Martindale family at Winchelsea, Sussex.
1902Rossetti (art criticism).
1903 (?) Begins affair with sister-in-law, Mary Martindale.
1904 March: beginning of long spell of neurasthenia. August to December: seeks cure in Germany. The Face of the Night (poems).
1905 Meets Arthur Marwood, who becomes a close friend. The Soul


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