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Ford Madox Ford: A Dual Life
     

Ford Madox Ford: A Dual Life

by Max Saunders
 

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Ford Madox Ford wrote some of the best English prose of the twentieth century, mastering and metamorphosing all its major forms: the novel, literary criticism, travel writing, even historical and cultural discourse. He was also an innovative and influential poet, as well as the century's greatest literary editor. He collaborated with Joseph Conrad, and advised

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Ford Madox Ford wrote some of the best English prose of the twentieth century, mastering and metamorphosing all its major forms: the novel, literary criticism, travel writing, even historical and cultural discourse. He was also an innovative and influential poet, as well as the century's greatest literary editor. He collaborated with Joseph Conrad, and advised Ezra Pound; his admirers include novelists as diverse as Sinclair Lewis, Jean Rhys, Graham Greene, Anthony Burgess and Gore Vidal.

This volume is a combined edition of Max Saunder's magisterial two-volume biography. The first volume takes Ford from his birth as Ford Hermann Hueffer in 1873 to the eve of his departure for France, and war, in 1916. It charts his growth and development as a writer of great complexity, first with the trilogy The Fifth Queen and culminating in his masterpiece The Good Soldier. It also examines his turbulent emotional life, from his elopement and marriage to Elsie Martindale in 1894 to his affair with Violet Hunt in the same year that he founded The English Review. The second volume takes up the story from Ford's enlistment in the army and departure for France in 1916 and follows Ford's peronsal relationships, which were no less complex than his work. While living with Stella Bowen after the breakup of his partnership with Violet Hunt he had a brief affair with Jean Rhys, but he was to spend his final years until his death in 1939, with the Polish American painter Janice Biala.

Max Saunders makes full use of previously unpublished and long-lost material, offering the first biography to establish Ford's importance to modern literature: exploring the relations between a writer's life, autobiography, and fiction, and showing how Ford's case challeneges the conventions of literary biography itself. Saunders provides a ground-breaking reading of Ford's post-war masterpiece, Parade's End , and describes the founding of the transatlantic review, the influential literary journal that published Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Picasso, and many more writers and artists.

Ford said that a writer's life is 'a dual affair', a life enshrined in the writing and Max Saunders's aim is to examine the interconnections between the private and the public life, and the inner life that drove him. This new combined addition is complete with a new foreword considering recent interest in the life and work of Ford Madox Ford.

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"Impressive and scholarly."—New York Times Book Review

"A work of masterly critical scholarship, detailed, measured, objective, fair and understanding....A notable addition to scholarly biography."—Alan Judd, The Spectator

"Saunders is meticulous and comprehensive as a biographer and boldly speculative as a literary critic....[An] important, densely argued, highly readable book."—Choice

"A wholly admirable example of the scholarly biography....Compelling and enjoyable...If [the second volume] matches the first, we will have one of the great academic biographies of a novelist."—Allan Massie, The Daily Telegraph

"I would sooner read Saunders, a delicate and sensitive critic...than anyone else on Ford's writing....The real value of this book is the amount of careful attention (appreciate without overestimating) given to a whole string of Ford's earlier works....The climax of this volume is, understandably, the writing and publishing of The Good Soldier....There is no more subtle criticism of it than Saunders's....The part of [his] book which concerns itself with the work is better than anything previously published on Ford's writing, and for this alone it is greatly to be welcomed....The best book there now is on Ford."—Tony Tanner, Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192100153
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/08/2012
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
1396
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.80(d)

Meet the Author

Max Saunders is Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute and Professor of English and Co-Director at the Centre for Life-Writing Research at King's College London.

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