Ford Madox Ford: A Dual Life

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This first volume of a two-volume life takes Ford from his birth as Ford Hermann Hueffer in 1873 to the eve of his departure for France, and a war, in 1916. It charts his growth and development as a writer of great complexity, from his earliest unpublished and published works to The Fifth Queen trilogy and culminating in his masterpiece The Good Soldier.
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Overview

This first volume of a two-volume life takes Ford from his birth as Ford Hermann Hueffer in 1873 to the eve of his departure for France, and a war, in 1916. It charts his growth and development as a writer of great complexity, from his earliest unpublished and published works to The Fifth Queen trilogy and culminating in his masterpiece The Good Soldier.
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Editorial Reviews

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192100153
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/8/2012
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 1396
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Saunders is a Lecturer at King's College, London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Family
2. Childhood
3. 1889-1992
4. 1893: Art and Elegy
5. Perpetrating Matrimony
6. 1894-1898: The Life of the Country
7. Meeting Conrad
8. 1899-1900: Collaboration
9. 1901: 'A Singular Mosaic'
10. 1902-1903
11. 1904: London
12. 1904: Germany
13. 1905: London
14. 1906: Politics, Marwood, The Fifth Queen
15. 1906-1907
16. 1908-1909: Violet Hunt and The English Review
17. 1909: The Wrecks of Friendships
18. 1909: Suicidal Passion: A Call
19. 1910: Prison, Ladies Whose Bright Eyes
20. 1911: 'Art is Very Bitter'
21. 1911: Giessen
22. 1911: Perpetrating Bigamy
23. 1912-1913: The Dark Forest
24. 1913: Quiet Talking
25. The Good Soldier: Desiring, Designing, Describing
26. 1914-1915: Hostilities
27. 1915-1916: Army
28. 1916: The Somme and Shell-Shock
29. 1916: Kemmel Hill and After
30. 1917: The Edge of Unreason
31. 1918: A Tale of Reconstruction: Stella Bowen
32. 1918: Armistice
33. 1919: Red Ford
34. The Post-War Writer
35. 1920-1921: Bedham: La Vie Litteraire ('Mr Croyd', Thus to Revisit, The Marsden Case
36. 1922: The Last of England
37. 1923: Thus to Re-View
38. 1924: the transatlantic review
39. 1924: The Last of Conrad and of the transatlantic
40. Tall Stories
41. Parade's End
42. 1924-1926: Jean Rhys
43. 11926-1927: USA
44. 1927-1928: Provence, New York, Paris
45. 1928-1929: Elizabeth Cheatham
46. 1929: That Same Poor Man
47. 1930-1931: Janice Biala
48. Doubles
49. 1931-1933: Weathering the Depression
50. Ford's Autobiography
51. 1933-1935: On the Great Trade Route
52. 1935-1936: The Cause of Good Letters
53. 1937: Oliver and the Tates
54. 1938: 'An Old Man Mad About Writing'
55. 1938-1939: The Abyss

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