Parade's End, Volume IV: Last Post

Overview

Last Post, the fourth and final volume of Parade's End, is set on a single post-war summer's day. Valentine Wannop and Christopher Tietjens share a cottage in Sussex with Tietjens' brother and sister-in-law. Through their differing perspectives, Ford explores the tensions between his characters in a changing world, haunted by the experience of war, facing an insecure future for themselves and for England. The Tietjens' ancestral home has been let to an American, its great tree felled; those like Tietjens who have...

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Overview

Last Post, the fourth and final volume of Parade's End, is set on a single post-war summer's day. Valentine Wannop and Christopher Tietjens share a cottage in Sussex with Tietjens' brother and sister-in-law. Through their differing perspectives, Ford explores the tensions between his characters in a changing world, haunted by the experience of war, facing an insecure future for themselves and for England. The Tietjens' ancestral home has been let to an American, its great tree felled; those like Tietjens who have served in the war find there is no place for them in a demoralised civilian society. The celebrations of Armistice Day have been replaced by the uncertainties of peacetime. 'How are we to live?' asks Valentine, as a death and an imminent birth bring Ford's great sequence to a close.

This edition of Last Post includes:

  • the first reliable text based on the hand-corrected typescript of first editions
  • a major critical introduction by Paul Skinner, editor of Ford's novel No Enemy and of Ford Madox Ford: Literary Contacts (International Ford Madox Ford Studies 6)
  • an account of the novel's composition and reception
  • annotations explaining historical references and literary and topical allusions
  • a full textual apparatus including transcriptions of significant deletions and revisions
  • a bibliography of further reading


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"A model edition, definitive and indispensable: copiously annotated, with a full textual apparatus, bibliography of further reading, and the first publication of the original ending."  —Kate McLoughlin, Times Literary Supplement on Some Do Not
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847770158
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: Parade's End Series , #4
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ford Madox Ford was an influential editor, essayist, critic, poet, and novelist. The author of more than 80 books, including The Fifth Queen, The Good Soldier, It Was the Nightingale, and Provence, he collaborated with Joseph Conrad and befriended many of the best writers of his time, including Henry James, H. G. Wells, Stephen Crane, and Thomas Hardy. Ford also founded the English Review—discovering D. H. Lawrence, Wyndham Lewis, and Ezra Pound—and the transatlantic review in Paris, taking on Ernest Hemingway as a copy editor and publishing the works of James Joyce and Gertrude Stein. Paul Skinner is a former professor at the University of Bristol and at the University of the West of England. He has published articles on Ford Madox Ford, Ezra Pound, and Rudyard Kipling, and a pocket guide to London’s museums. He currently works in publishing.

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