Ford Madox Ford and the City

Ford Madox Ford and the City

Ford Madox Ford and the City

Ford Madox Ford and the City


"Ford Madox Ford and the City assembles fourteen pioneering essays, by new as well as established European and American scholars, exploring Ford's representations of real and ideal cities, across the full range of his work, from his earliest verse, to his post-war prose and poetry of the 1920s and 1930s."


Max Saunders

Ford Madox Ford has as often been a subject of controversy as a candidate for literary canonization. He was, nonetheless, a major presence in early twentieth-century literature, and he has remained a significant figure in the history of modern English and American literature for over a century. Throughout that time he has been written about – not just by critics, but often by leading novelists and poets, such as Graham Greene, Robert Lowell, William Carlos Williams, Gore Vidal, A. S. Byatt, and Julian Barnes. His two acknowledged masterpieces have remained in print since the 1940s. The Good Soldier now regularly figures in studies of Modernism and on syllabuses. Parade’s End has been increasingly recognized as comparably important. It was described by Malcolm Bradbury as ‘a central Modernist novel of the 1920s, in which it is exemplary’; by Anthony Burgess as ‘the finest novel about the First World War’; and by Samuel Hynes as ‘the greatest war novel ever written by an Englishman’.

During the last decade or so, there has been a striking resurgence of interest in Ford and in the multifarious aspects of his work. As befits such an internationalist phenomenon as Ford himself, this critical attention has been markedly international, manifesting itself not only in the United Kingdom and the U. S. A., but in Continental Europe and elsewhere. Many of his works have not only been republished in their original language, but also translated into more than a dozen others.

The founding of the International Ford Madox Ford Studies series reflects this increasing interest in Ford’s writing and the wider understanding of his role in literary history. Each volume will normally be based upon a particular theme or issue. Each will relate aspects of Ford’s work, life, and contacts, to broader concerns of his time. Thus the first, Ford Madox Ford: A Reappraisal, explored his less familiar books. The second investigated Ford Madox Ford’s Modernity. The third, History and Representation in Ford Madox Ford’s Writings traced his interest in history throughout his career . . .

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